A Fantastic Fermentation of Matter

A solo exhibition by Kim L Pace exploring magic, transformation and metamorphosis.

at Danielle Arnaud

A Fantastic Fermentation of Matter is the first solo exhibition by British artist Kim L Pace at Danielle Arnaud. It brings together several bodies of new work in ceramics, watercolour and digital print that explore Pace’s ongoing interest in magic, transformation and metamorphosis.

Pace’s works are characteristically inhabited by fictitious characters—invented by the artist—that draw upon mythology, art history, literature and contemporary subcultures. Recently the artist has been focusing on plant and animal life, anthropomorphising carrots, cacti and corn. At first sight these brightly coloured watercolours and richly textured ceramics evoke a happy harvest scene. This is undone however by the character’s wasted limbs and gaping mouths, that take Pace’s ongoing exploration of the grotesque to comic excess.

Pace has a long-standing interest in comics; she originated the touring exhibition Cult Fiction, Art & Comics for the Hayward Gallery, London in 2007. This interest is evident in the format of her ‘collages’, which typically comprise 8 frames or panels on A0 sized watercolour paper. Evoking a storyboard or comic book format, the different frames incorporate Pace’s own invented characters, appropriated material and abstract shapes. Rather than develop a coherent narrative however, the works withhold literal representation—the figures and objects contained within hint at connections that are open to endless interpretation.

Pace’s ongoing exploration into the divergence between the actual and the fictitious has led her to develop a distinctive way of working that merges analogue and digital processes. Beginning initially with pen and paper, her compositions coalesce on the computer—a space not unlike the comic where natural laws are suspended, and inanimate objects can come to life. She is interested in how the transformations her characters engender may offer a different understanding of our place in the world.

The exhibition title is taken from Bruno Schulz’s 1934 short story, Treatise on Tailors Dummies.

An accompanying essay by writer and curator Angela Kingston will be available as part of the exhibition.

Danielle Arnaud

Opening Times
Preview: Friday 20 April, 6-9pm
21 April - 19 May 2018
Thursday to Saturday, 2-6pm

Danielle Arnaud
123 Kennington Road
SE11 6SF