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Clementine Keith-Roach, 2020

Clementine Keith-Roach, 2020
Photo by Teddy Park

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.

Clementine Keith-Roach

b. 1984
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

EDUCATION

2008    
B.A. History of Art, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom

SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2022
Knots, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2021    
Mythemes, Ben Hunter Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2019    
Labours, Ben Hunter Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2018    
Herm, Pervilion, Palermo, Italy

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022
Mimicries, curated by Jeffrey Stuker & Jan Tumlir, Ben Hunter Gallery, New York, NY

2021    
Go Figure!?, Sprüth Magers (online)

2019    
The Blazing World, S|2 Gallery Sotheby’s, London, United Kingdom
Question Centre, Kupfer Projects, London, United Kingdom
These are the days my friends, Kupfer Projects, London, United Kingdom
The Child Within Me, A Selection of Works from the Ömer Koç collection, Istanbul, Turkey 
Expedition Empathy Walk & Talk, The Azores, Portugal
Tender Touches, AMP Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Clearings, Blue Projects, London, United Kingdom

2018    
Archeology of the Mind: The Metadata of the Villa Lontana, Villa Lontana, Rome, Italy 
Full Haus: The Seeld Library, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Interiority, Ben Hunter, London, United Kingdom
three new sculptures, Menagerie, Twentynine Palms, CA
Masterpiece art fair, with Ben Hunter, London, United Kingdom
Belle Dam, Pervilion, Oasis Farm Waterloo, London, United Kingdom
Mademoiselle, Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain Occitane, Sète, France
Rhapsodies, Ping Pong Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Ladies’ Paradise, Grace Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

2017    
Mourning Play, Nitra Gallery, Athens, Greece 

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Clementine Keith-Roach, Cloak, 2021

Clementine Keith-Roach
Cloak, 2021
terracotta vessel, jesmonite, resin clay, and acrylic paint
28 3/8 x 18 1/8 x 20 7/8 ins.
72 x 46 x 53 cm

Clementine Keith-Roach, Copula, 2021

Clementine Keith-Roach
Copula, 2021
terracotta vessel, jesmonite, resin clay, and acrylic paint
27 1/2 x 15 x 12 5/8 ins.
70 x 38 x 32 cm

Clementine Keith-Roach, Enclosure, 2020

Clementine Keith-Roach
Enclosure, 2020
terracotta vessel, jesmonite, steel thread, resin clay, modelling paste, acrylic paint
27 1/8 x 22 1/8 x 19 3/4 ins.
69 x 56 x 50 cm

Clementine Keith-Roach, Idol, 2020

Clementine Keith-Roach
Idol, 2020
terracotta vessel, jesmonite, paint, coin
25 5/8 x 22 7/8 x 17 3/8 ins.
65 x 58 x 44 cm

Clementine Keith-Roach, Speech Act, 2020

Clementine Keith-Roach
Speech Act, 2020
terracotta vessel, jesmonite, paint
24 3/4 x 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 ins.
63 x 45 x 45 cm
(ROACH-009)

Clementine Keith-Roach, Kinship, 2020

Clementine Keith-Roach
Kinship, 2020
terracotta vessel, jesmonite, paint, opal ring
21 5/8 x 21 5/8 x 17 3/4 ins.
55 x 55 x 45 cm

Clementine Keith-Roach, Cloak, 2021

Clementine Keith-Roach
Cloak, 2021
terracotta vessel, jesmonite, resin clay, and acrylic paint
28 3/8 x 18 1/8 x 20 7/8 ins.
72 x 46 x 53 cm

Clementine Keith-Roach, Copula, 2021

Clementine Keith-Roach
Copula, 2021
terracotta vessel, jesmonite, resin clay, and acrylic paint
27 1/2 x 15 x 12 5/8 ins.
70 x 38 x 32 cm

Clementine Keith-Roach, Enclosure, 2020

Clementine Keith-Roach
Enclosure, 2020
terracotta vessel, jesmonite, steel thread, resin clay, modelling paste, acrylic paint
27 1/8 x 22 1/8 x 19 3/4 ins.
69 x 56 x 50 cm

Clementine Keith-Roach, Idol, 2020

Clementine Keith-Roach
Idol, 2020
terracotta vessel, jesmonite, paint, coin
25 5/8 x 22 7/8 x 17 3/8 ins.
65 x 58 x 44 cm

Clementine Keith-Roach, Speech Act, 2020

Clementine Keith-Roach
Speech Act, 2020
terracotta vessel, jesmonite, paint
24 3/4 x 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 ins.
63 x 45 x 45 cm
(ROACH-009)

Clementine Keith-Roach, Kinship, 2020

Clementine Keith-Roach
Kinship, 2020
terracotta vessel, jesmonite, paint, opal ring
21 5/8 x 21 5/8 x 17 3/4 ins.
55 x 55 x 45 cm