Fusing the corporeal, decorative, historical, and functional, Clementine Keith-Roach (b. 1984) creates detailed, uncanny sculptures that blur boundaries between object and figure. While pregnant with her first child, Keith-Roach became fascinated by her rapidly changing body and began taking plaster casts of her own breasts, later molding these casts onto large terracotta vessels sourced from Turkey or Greece. Imbuing these urns with their own ‘characters,’ Keith-Roach highlights the sensory importance of hands as they inform our tactile experience of the world. Offering gestures of exchange, reciprocity, care, and investigation, Keith-Roach’s vessels, suffused with the warmth and sensitivity of skin, register the passage of time. Keith-Roach received as BA in Art History from Bristol University. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Ben Hunter Gallery, London, UK; Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain Occitane, Sète, France; Villa Lontana, Rome, Italy; and Open Space Contemporary, London, UK; among others. She is also an editor of Effects, a journal of art, poetry and essays. In June 2022, Keith-Roach presented a two-person exhibition at P·P·O·W with Christopher Page.
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom
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