We are delighted to announce that our next show is a solo
exhibition and installation by the hugely talented Candice Tripp.
Exploring themes of normality, insanity, order, disorder
and the dark innocence of childhood ‘Petit Mal’ envisions Tripp’s perception of
infant ‘petit mal’ syndrome as “a brief interruption of consciousness."
Tripp’s fascination with horror infuses all her works and
yet in their fairytale-like portrayal these works play upon suggested ideas of
inherent or hidden dangers within the landscape. Utilising the dichotomy
between her childish subjects and the distinctly adult themes which they
portray, Tripp provocatively questions the role which both ‘adult’ and ‘child’
play within those darker areas of the social psyche; she explains:
"While I was painting, I kept thinking about a small town
full of young, isolated inhabitants and how every place, to a degree, has “a
way” of doing things, a way which is rarely interrupted until an outsider
witnesses and draws attention to it I found myself thinking a lot about an
interruption of consciousness - in the sense of it occurring in a group. I tend
to paint a fraction of a story- often either prelude or aftermath – and so I
ended up focusing on fictitious (often awkward social) scenarios occurring in a
town that is unaware of its single-minded lapse in judgement; Cult-like. The
idea being that children who don’t outgrow it, will fall victim to it."
At once enchanting and disorientating, fantastical and
freakish, Petit Mal takes the viewer into a child’s world full of adult intent.
Running from July 27 to August 18 at Black Rat Gallery
Shoreditch, come and witness Tripp’s bewitched/ brainwashed little children as
they hover between the cradle and the grave. The preview evening will be held
on Thursday July 26th from 6pm onwards.
For a PDF of available works email firstname.lastname@example.org