Full Moon Rising
Born in 1987 in London to South African parents, Zoë Paul grew up between the Greek island of Kythira and Oxford in the United Kingdom. The artist uses various techniques and timeless materials such as ceramics, bronze, textiles and drawing. Her work explores our relationship to tradition and craft, and to the notions of community and domestic space in the digital age. Titled Full Moon Rising, the exhibition at the gallery brings together figurative bronze sculptures and abstract weavings alongside a sculptural clay installation and a monumental drawing. The show opens on the eve of the first full moon of January 10th 2020, a lunar eclipse in Capricorn, it represents the coming together of old and new. The circular pattern of the eclipse is woven with plastic and hand spun wool into the rusty grills of old stone sifting equipment collected from the volcanic island of Gyali. The island is now an industrial site in the Aegean Sea, its white pumice sands are stained red with rust and chemicals. Large manichean figures inhabit the walls of the gallery space and bronze, pregnant figures lie like nude sunbathers. They are cast from clay molds that the artist made while preparing for her recent show at La Loge in Brussels. These molds were used to develop the large goat manure and resin figures that inhabited the basement of the masonic temple for the duration of that exhibition. The statues represent chthonic Greek goddesses of both the underworld and rebirth and their fragile clay bodies are now cast into immortality.