I Never Could Drink Like Francis Bacon
For her first painting exhibition, I never could drink like Francis Bacon, Locke creates visceral landscapes of indulgence, illness and bodily trauma. Paint is smeared, dripped and spat over heavy jute to perform as biological fluids.
Locke draws on autobiographical content to probe gendered notions of success and failure. I never could drink like Francis Bacon (2018) and Free drinks in Soho (2018-19) make dark comedy out of her desire and inability to keep pace with (male) artistic and alcoholic legacy, which is physically rejected.
Meanwhile she exposes a similar violence and vulnerability in the dark moments she shows here of childbirth in Afterbirth (2018) and motherhood in Mastitis Bath (2018-19). She then further rejects not only the aestheticised and contained female form but also the sanitisation of the domestic space.