BY SOPHIE BOTTOMLEY
In Shy Love, Sophie Bottomley explores how the physical body experiences desire. What physical sensations do we experience when we desire someone, when we crave intimacy or touch? This exhibition will feature sculptural objects that capture moments of physical tension between two bodies. These tensions reference shared experiences of bodily pleasure and anticipation, such as flirtation, suspense, arousal, and climax. Using seductive and sensual materials, Bottomley conjures and abstracts the moment of excitation in each object.
The exhibition highlights the encounter between the masculine and feminine, where tension is heightened through contrasting materiality, the creation of interior cavities and the space between forms. The abstraction of experiences of the desiring body allows for a suggestive rather than explicit portrayal of the erotic. Articulating how thin the veil is between fantasy and reality, Shy Love exposes how the human body longs for and loses itself in its quest for pleasure.
18 September – 5 October 2019
Image credit: The Longing by Sophie Bottomley, 2018. Image by Simon Hardy.