Lindsey Mendick’s work is one of confession, where taboo topics and uncomfortable truths are revealed with candour and humour. Her work is characterised by an intense attention to detail and verisimilitude, whereby everyday scenes – a nightclub, a kitchen, a bedroom – are expertly crafted in ceramic and staged in larger-than-life tableaux. Mendick is transforming Jupiter’s Ballroom Gallery and Steadings Gallery into a diptych of nightlife; one that draws inspiration from the gothic novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with all its troubling contentions of virtue, appearance, public shaming and masking. Like an anxiety dream come to life, there is a sobering mirroring of contemporary binge drinking culture and gender-based shaming presented in the work, although the anticipated judgemental tone is noticeably absent. By subverting the genre of morality tale, Mendick’s work opens a space where our public and private faces can be encountered without prejudice.
Lindsey Mendick graduated from Royal College of Art in 2017 and is currently based in Margate. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate. Her work was also included in the major exhibition, Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art at the Hayward Gallery, London. With her partner, the artist Guy Oliver, Mendick initiated Quench Gallery in Margate to provide vital support for early career artists through exhibitions and mentoring.
“I’m so excited to be making my Scottish debut at the wonderful Jupiter Artland; I’ve always been a fan of their programme. Many thanks to gorgeous Nicky and Robert Wilson for their love and support.” Lindsey Mendick, Artist
“I look forward to Lindsey delving into the culture of drink and self-regret – especially relevant to these times” Nicky Wilson, Director Jupiter Artland
Lindsey Mendick: SH*TFACED | press release