Ross Chisholm, Sarah Gillham, Mindy Lee,
Emma Talbot & Sarah Woodfine


14 November - 15 December 2012
PV Tues 13 November 2012, 6 - 9pm

Open Weds - Fri 11 - 6pm; Sat 11 - 4pm
WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden EC1N 8DX

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‘Riddled with ghosts, to lie
Deadlocked with them, taking roots as cradles rock.’
(All the Dead Dears, Sylvia Plath)

WW Gallery is pleased to present All the Dead Dears, an exhibition of drawing, painting, sculpture and print by Ross Chisholm, Sarah Gillham, Mindy Lee, Emma Talbot & Sarah Woodfine. Curated by Mindy Lee and Sarah Gilham, All the Dead Dears is the first in a new programme of exhibitions guest-curated by prominent artist/curator duos, which will continue throughout 2013 at WW Gallery.

A sinister lure lurks at the heart of ‘All the Dead Dears’, reviving what once was into a new and otherworldly state. Sensual desire is twisted and ruptured; this disrupted decadence tips in and out of states of loss, emptiness and longing.

Drawing on personal memories, rituals, invented mythologies and historical icons, each artist references and retells the past. As these moments are invoked an uneasy tension and a jarring sense of the 'out of time' sets in.

Time is spliced together, compressing different moments into hybrid narratives which fuse and cyclically loop. These narratives are trapped in flux where they are continually evolving, unravelling, pulling apart, lacerating, breaking or dissolving. As tension mounts things appear to move out of all control.

The mundane or accidental take on increasing significance and theatricality. Public and private personae become interchangeable, exposing a psychological release which is consumed and reabsorbed.

The opulence of surface and subject tempts the viewer further into the world of All the Dead Dears. Yet the beauty of seduction and the temptation of desires in turn unveil awkwardness, violence, horror and the macabre. Trapped between attraction and repulsion in a compressed present, the viewer is horribly compelled to indulge.

Ross Chisholm appears courtesy of IBID Projects, Sarah Woodfine appears courtesy of Danielle Arnaud.

Exhibition curated by Sarah Gillham & Mindy Lee

For more information please contact Francesca Brooks at

About the artists

Ross Chisholm studied at Goldsmiths University and lives and works in London. He has shown in three solo exhibitions at IBID Projects, London: Embassies (2012) On the Banks of the Dorsal Stream (2009) and Corporation (2006). Other solo exhibitions include: The Garden of Forking Paths, Marc Jancou, New York (2011) and Grieder Contemporary, Zurich (2010).
Recent group exhibitions include Mail Please, Blyth Gallery, London (2011), Pulsed, ASC Gallery, London (2010) The Library of Babel/ In and Out of Place, Projectspace 176, London (2010), memories of the future, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York (2010) They Do Things Differently There, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2010), Remap2, Athens, (2009), Being There, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam (2009) Faces and Figures (Revisited), Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York (2008), Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, London, (2008) A Stain Upon the Silence, Central St Martin’s, (2008)

Sarah Gillham studied at the Royal College of Art and lives and works in London. This year she has been included in exhibitions for the Woolgather Art Prize, Leeds and WW Solo Award | Group 2012, WW Gallery, London. She is the recipient of the Painter – Stainers Fine Arts award and recently had a solo show Homespun Mythologies at the Blyth Gallery, London.
Recent group shows include: Now the dream is over, The Blyth Gallery London (2012), Equinox, Transition gallery, London (2012), Condensation, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London (2011), O / A Stiff Bandeau, Tricycle Gallery London (2009), The Pleasure Is All Mine, Transition gallery, London (2009) Rapunzel Rapunzel, Shoreditch Town Hall, London (2008)

Mindy Lee studied at the Royal College of Art and lives and works in London. Solo exhibitions include: Spatter Platter, Jerwood Project Space, London (2010) Slipping out, Blyth Gallery, London (2008), On my own, Blyth Gallery, London (2005)
Recent group shows include: The Perfect Nude, Touring Exhibition to London and Exeter (2012), Equinox, Transition gallery, London (2012), Exeter Contemporary Open, (2011), Connection Point, Bermondsey Project Space, (2011), Afternoon Tea, WW Gallery at the Venice Bienalle (2011), Condensation, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, (2011), ART BLITZ, Transition Gallery, (2010), Little and Often, 242 Space, London (2010), Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London (2009), Breaking New, Five Hundred Dollars Gallery, London (2009), The Pleasures All Mine, Transition Gallery, London (2009)

Emma Talbot graduated from the Royal College of Art and lives and works in London. She has shown in three solo exhibitions at Transition Gallery: Bad Objects, Little Deaths (2012), Pictures From my Heart (2010) and I’ll be Your Mirror (2005). Other solo exhibitions include You Would Cry Too If It Happened To You, Gallery Kusseneers, Antwerp (2011) The Solo Project, Basel (2011), A Sheffield Song, BLOC (2011)
Recent Group Shows include: Me and My Shadow, Kate MacGarry, (2011), TOLD, Hales Gallery, London (2011), The Life of The Mind, New Art Gallery Walsall, Nieves in Tokyo, Gallery No.12, Tokyo (2010) Party!, New Art Gallery, Walsall (2010), One Cannot Be Thwarted by Antidisestablishmentarianism, Primo Alonso, London (2009) Storytime, Gallery North, Newcastle, (2009) Her work will feature in The Power of Paper, Saatchi Gallery

Sarah Woodfine studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1991 to 1995. Selected group exhibitions include: Tatton Park Biennial (2012); 'What the Folk Say', Compton Verney, (2011); 'House and Home', Harewood House, (2009); ‘The Beguiling…', Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, (2008); 'Drawing Inspiration', Abbot Hall Gallery, (2006); 'Only Make-Believe', Compton Verney and 'The Real Ideal', Sheffield Millennium Gallery, (2005).

Solo shows include: 'Somewhere', Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway, (2007). In 2006 she produced the Artangel 'Nights of London' Interaction Project 'When Night Draws In'. In 2004 she won the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Her work is held in various public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Middlesbrough Art Gallery and Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway.


Mindy Lee, John's Overfaced, 2011, acrylic on paper plate, 18 x 18cm


Emma Talbot, Drawing Stairs you look so high tonight climbing up with all my might, 2011, watercolour paper, 24 x 30cm

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