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10th Jul - 16th Jul

Maisie Iona Residency

QUAD is delighted that the artist Maisie Iona will be undertaking a residency with us from 10-16 July 2023. We are pleased to announce that the artist was selected from the graduate Fine Art student at the University of Derby. Maisie’s Instagram takeover will be between 10-14 July 2023.

QUAD is excited to work with her on a week residency where Maisie Iona is very much present through one-to-one interactions with the QUAD team, taking over and utilising quad_gallery Instagram page as a virtual exhibition space.

Artist Statement and Bio

I am a British artist currently completing my BA (Hons) in Fine Art at the University of Derby. Predominately working within textile installation, my current interdisciplinary practice explores the intersections of gender, identity, literature, and female narratives. One of my most recent pieces titled ‘Be the Serpent Under It’ explores the taboo of expressing feminine rage through a mixed-media immersive, textile installation. This installation consists of a hand crochet canopy, stretched, and suspended from each wall. Torn frayed fabrics repeatedly knotted together in conjunction with red ‘bodily’ shades are used to convey connotations of power, menstruation, and feminine rage. Crushed red velvet spans the floor of the installation providing the staging for 7 ‘egg-shaped’ crochet ceramic slip-casts. Hand crochet is an important aspect within my practice because of the intimate, labour intensive, seductive aesthetic it creates. This aesthetic can often be implicitly viewed within each piece. My ongoing practice has been and continues to be, influenced by research into the artists, Mary Kelly, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Micha Cardenas and Tai Shani, because of the way each artist explores and deconstructs binary ways of being. I am currently interested in the way artists such as Kelly and Cardenas have drawn upon Lacanian psychoanalysis to approach art from more of a social scientist perspective. This area of research is something I wish to explore further throughout my progression onto my MA.


Image Credit: Maisie Iona


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