Exeter Phoenix is pleased to present Among Other Things a solo exhibition of new and recent works by Cherelle Sappleton.Sappleton’s practice centres on an exploration of photographic media, with an interest in feminist agendas and performance, utilising abstraction and surrealist aesthetics. Recent works have been grounded primarily in processes of collage and abstraction, which are used to explore and respond to issues of representation, agency and the materiality of photographic imagery.
Utilising a collection of shared and appropriated source imagery, Sappleton seeks to find alternative ways to address the problems she identifies with representing ‘blackness’ and the (female) body as an artist. While still alluding to the body, her work moves away from actually depicting or using the figure explicitly and, through the process of making, the works become affirmations of the fluidity and flux of gender and identity, materialising into a proposition for a new way of being and thinking. By fragmenting and distorting the original images she seeks to complicate them – intentionally making them difficult to read – in an effort to reflect the complicated layering of image and identity, not only in her personal experience but also as a universal human experience.