Inspired by Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s collaged portraits and interiors, this collection display explores themes that relate to the body, domestic space, and the collage technique. As in Akunyili Crosby’s practice, which is grounded in figures and materials of personal significance, the intimacy of these works creates new possibilities for artistic expression. Executed on a small scale that encourages close looking, each artwork reveals a private world unique to the artist.
Figures are rendered with informal familiarity, becoming vehicles for visual exploration. Representations of domestic space, whether real or imagined, are encoded with personal identities and a sense of belonging. The collages juxtapose nostalgic images from popular culture, evoking the introspective feel of a childhood scrapbook.
Featured in the display are paintings and works on paper by Frank Auerbach, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Nigel Henderson, Gwen John, John McHale, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.