Me and My Shadow at Kate MacGarry on Vyner Street
11 March - 17 April
I saw Emma Talbot's work for the first time last year with a tour to Transition Gallery and Ally (painter and key team member at Transition) gave us a real understanding of it. I knew I wouldn't forget this series of illustrations of Talbot's grief for her husband. Part of the reason for this was the certainty that I would see it again.Me and My Shadow at Kate MacGarry features three artists, Jennifer Cohen, Marta Pierobon and Emma Talbot who, according to the press release "unite feminine expression in the physical presence of their art - from bold geometric shapes to delicately painted figurines." I would say that Talbot's fragmented story board style works-on-paper are too humanist and universal in subject and appeal to be categorised so definitively as 'feminist'. (I don't know Cohen or Pierobon's art).
"We are taken to the interior worlds of figures that are almost cartoon-like in their naivety, yet that possess a melancholy of complex intimacy." This I totally agree with. Go see this show if you can. It will be on for five weeks so plenty of time to plan your visit.
Bit of bio info: Emma Talbot was born in 1969 in Worcestershire; she lives and works in London. Her most recent solo exhibition was Pictures From My Heart, Transition Gallery, London (the one I mentioned in the first paragraph), 2010. Recent group exhibitions include Told, Hales Gallery (a great gallery), London 2011; Party!, New Art Gallery, Walsall, 2010; Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London, 2008.