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Cathie Pilkington RA: From Stuff

Arts, Society and Medicine Lecture 2018


Monday 29 January 2018
6.30 — 7.30pm

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Cathie Pilkington with her work at Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft 2017

Photo by Perou

Royal Academician Cathie Pilkington reflects upon the ways in which her work challenges our ideas about the female body.

For the 2017 Annual Arts, Society and Medicine lecture, we welcome Cathie Pilkington RA, who reflects upon her practice of “making things from stuff”. While her early work focused on “bodging”, “cobbling”, “bungling”, “muddling up” and “jumbling together”, her more recent works present a developing language of increasingly ambivalent forms that challenge our approach to the sculpted female body and object.

Disrupting the grand sculptural canons of depicting nudes and goddesses with the more intimate registers of toys, ornaments and dummies, her sculpted “dollies” are at once beautiful and strange. Carefully created from a vast array of materials and cultural references, these objects approach the immediacy of ordinary figurative playthings, thereby challenging the art world’s conventional relationship between the viewer and the artwork.

Cathie Pilkington was elected as a Royal Academician in 2014 and is the first female Professor of Sculpture in the history of the RA Schools. In 2017 her solo show Life Room: Anatomy of a Doll transformed the RA Schools’s 19th-century life-drawing room into an immersive sculptural installation.

Registration opens at 6pm; the lecture will start at 6.30pm. Pre-booking is essential.

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Monday 29 January 2018

6.30 — 7.30pm

Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, W1

Free, booking required.