No Mans Land
23rd - 26th November 2016
Artists: Bill Daggs, Simona Pesce, Terence Wilde
In ‘NO MANS LAND’ we are forced to question our identity, to ask ourselves where we stand, where we come from, and where we will go. Sculptures scatter the landscape like relics hinting at the collapse of a past civilisation, or objects of an uncertain present, as if placed in a time capsule and left as a warning of how intolerance and fear can split a society in half.
Bill Daggs and Simona Pesce are two artists whose life experiences enable them to be open to diverse cultures. Bill Daggs, who was born in North West London, has been surrounded by different communities all of his life while Simona Pesce, was born in Italy where she studied, moved to Germany at a young age and has lived in London for the past 20 years.
With these backgrounds and their sense of pride in London’s culturally rich communities Bill Daggs and Simona Pesce are preoccupied with the outcome of the 23rd June 2016 EU Referendum and the migration crisis of 2015. These two events have forced the artists to question the place they call home and where they stand in a society that they have described as a destructive social wreckage. With these events in mind ‘No Man’s Land’ was conceived not only as an exhibition but also a beginning of a collective which aims to invite other artists to discuss the situation of our life now.
Terence Wilde, British artist and pottery instructor within the Occupational Therapy Department at The Bethlem Royal Hospital has been invited to be part of the exhibition. His approach to the emotional wasteland and social wreckage reflects experience of loss and rejection felt by the other two artists
Private View 25th November 7 - 9pm
12th - 25th November
'This exhibition is a collection of visual art made in the last year. Many of the images have come about intuitively and the theme of the exhibition is around dream-time and the magic that happens via the unconscious mind. I am particularly interested in Aborigine and Aztec readings of inner work and meditative states- I have tried to apply similar understands of my own more modern work as I create them and choose what to make next. Much of my work features symbols, figures and animals which I leave to the onlooker to decipher- in that way my art is for everyone as each person can have their own reading. I hope that the show will be a representation of myself as a multi faceted human and also of the different spaces inside everyone at any one time. I am interested in duality and the different aspects of humans which can often be opposing whilst also working in harmony. I hope this will be seen through my work not only in the presentation but also translated through the differing feelings and styles produced in each individual piece.'
Private View Friday 11th November 7-9pm
Islington Arts Factory Exhibition Archive