The Life Rooms: Cathie Pilkington’s show at Brighton University

Sussex ArtBeat

Cathie pilkington - 8Cathie Pilkington sculpts children’s dolls, traumatised by life’s experience. The dolls are staged in archetypal situations, fairy stories from the dark side. A lot of the tableaux deal with female sexuality – delicately crafted, pouting labia are quite shockingly added to porcelain doll figures; grey school girl outfits mask libidos fit to burst. There are wider reflections: one of most disturbing cameos for me was Brere rabbit, a sweet bunny horrified to find a doll tied up and covered in bitumen. In another corner, a strange beast feeds on a humanoid sheep. There’s also a recreation of the Royal Academy life drawing room complete with pencils and paper for visitors to draw nude model dolls. At Brighton University Gallery during May 2017 link to venue for details: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/whats-on/gallery/gallery-exhibitions-2017/may-2017/the-life-rooms … also http://www.cathiepilkington.com.

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