LONDON, UK – The Fine Art Society will be staging a solo exhibition by artist Juliette Losq (b. 1978). Previously a winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2005), and shortlisted for both the Catlin Art Prize (2011) and the John Moore Prize (2014), this will be her debut solo exhibition at the gallery.
Losq’s imagery and practice revolves around the notion of ‘The Clearing’ – a place where wilderness and chaos oppose civilisation and order. She creates haunting, unkempt landscapes that hover at the edges of this symbolic clearing, alluding to the English ‘Gothic’ of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as typified by fragmented narratives relating mysterious incidents, and scenes that were charged with an imagined threat. The exhibition title ‘Nemora‘ refers to a “nemus” which is described in Jacob Grimm’s Teutonic Mythology as being “a woodland pasture, a grove, a sacrum silvae”; a place of celebration and sacrifice dedicated to woodland deities.
Working over the surface repeatedly, Losq creates multiple painted layers which simultaneously hide and reveal those beneath. Using imagery derived from diverse sources including rococo prints, Victorian newspaper illustrations and horror films, she often incorporates found objects to create large-scale installation pieces. In ‘Nemora‘, she will exhibit three object based pieces including a work on paper that will infuse itself with the existing ornate fireplace on the ground floor of The Fine Art Society. Another work will see a wave of paper tumble from an antique grandfather clock across the contemporary gallery floor.