Zoe Catherine Kendall, artist, writer and human...

Thursday, 23 June 2011

My Latest Book Art, Writing and Illustration Projects

The first book featured is a commission - i was asked to design, make and illustrate a book around a children's story. Words by Sarah Ives Taylor, Book Design and Illustrations by Zoe Catherine Kendall.

The Second book is a hand bound journal which comprises authentic diary entries, diary drawings, notes, poems, photographs, emails and paraphernalia from a really significant and facilitating moment in my life, which i decided to exhibit as part of an art exhibition encouraging it's audience to cross the threshold of public into private realms. Read more about the exhibition here. Slideshow below.

Portfolios: Illustration, Painting, Playing Cards, T-Shirts and Word Art.

A presentation of core sets of work from 2010 and 2011

Monday, 16 May 2011

Private Spaces at Zoe's Place

We just hosted the first public exhibition at Zoe's Place - a private home turned gallery in London E1 - in partnership with Underbelly London.

We invited you to cross the threshold of public into private realms, in every sense, entering into the esoteric worlds of 7 of London’s top emerging artists.

Each artist was chosen for their uniquely personal take on the theme, with works by Adeline de Monseignat, Waldemar Pranckiewicz, Christian Nyampeta, Nic Shonfield, Gedvile Bunikyte, Suzie Blake and Zoe Catherine Kendall. The show exhibited a spectrum of approaches ranging from photography to video art, painting to momento making and word.  

Dazed and Confused gave us a lovely write up. It was a great success. Here are a few photographs..


Friday, 8 April 2011

You are invited to cross the threshold into private realms..

Opens wednesday 13th April at Zoe's Place - a private home turned gallery in London E1 - in association with underbelly london ... check the facebook event for more details.. see you there...

Art Taro Cards

Use these cards to tell a story, make up a meaning or play a game.

All illustrations by Zoe Catherine Kendall

Sunday, 20 March 2011

I was in a black mood...

This is an experimental body of work still in progress. I am exploring my moods once weekly and have been doing so far the last month, using oil paints, gestural mark making techniques and diary style word pieces.

The work began as a kind of personal therapy. I had received some very scary test results from a routine NHS screening test, this news coupled with a sense of grappling with a particularly unsettling relationship, and all from quite an isolating position - living alone. I became accutely aware of what felt like dark moods developing in my mind, but was equally aware of my ability to perseverve through these as one might perseverve through a difficult meditation session. I was reassured by a feeling that time would persist, i would continue and the moods would change, and that underneath it all there was a kind of peace. I decided to explore these ideas, manipulating the oil paint by pushing it around with movements of the brush, some slow and considered, others manic and energetic. I was directly translating the states in my mind onto clean white canvas rectangles, 4 a week, and revisiting these week after week to see how the moods had changed. Almost 5 weeks in, despite an awareness of potentials stressors, i feel strangely calm. 

Red might be painful and angry, blue is touched with sadness, white is clean, bright, neutral.. and black, black stands for that place no man or women is comfortable with. It's been interesting to see how emotions and states of mind shift and progress.

Monday, 7 March 2011

T-shirt design

The brief was simply breasts. I wanted the work to be about relationships, power struggles and the female experience. Bondage seemed like a suitable way of expressing this complex dynamic.The resulting work was a gift from wife to husbund for Valentine's Day.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Barbican Art Gallery 5th-6th March 2011

As part of their upcoming exhibition program Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark
Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s, Barbican Art Gallery present Rummage Sale and Floor of the Forest next Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th March as part of the Barbican Weekender.

I have created a limited edition series of 6 pieces entitled 'My emotions are my wardrobe' especially for the Rummage Sale. Each piece began its journey in the project as a charity shop find or a friendly donation. I hand picked a collection of unisex jackets, shirts and t-shirts with the idea that they could be worn and styled by pretty much anyone and would look good effortlessly. The pieces make up an illustrated story through the emotive hand painted designs that they bear. Each item is for sale.

His blood, sweat and tears

She wept and from her eyes poured an illustrated story




An emotional graphic

His tears of frustration

The leaking eye of awareness