Beneficial Shock Issue 6

I have created three illustrations for the new Courage & Strength issue of Beneficial Shock magazine.

The article ‘Us Chickens: The Case for Movie Cowards’ was written by Jez Conolly and was a lot of fun to interpret. Thanks to Art Director Phil Wrigglesworth and Gabriel Solomons for inviting me to contribute and for giving me a very open brief.

The latest issue can be ordered from here:

Re:store Re:new Re:imagine at Willesden Gallery

‘Re:store, Re:new, Re:imagine’ is a group show at Willesden Gallery curated by Nadia Nervo. The exhibition runs from 5th August – 3rd September and includes a photography project titled ‘Here Only‘, by Smriti Mehra and me.

“In the current climate, whilst dealing with the uncertainty and anxiety caused by the global pandemic, art can help us become more resilient and support our health and wellbeing. Now more than ever it is important to engage in mindful creative and artistic processes and bring artists together across our community.

Re:store, Re:new, Re:imagine – finding balance through art brings together 30 artists working with different medias including photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage and video, the exhibition showcases both emerging and established artists.”

Featured artists: Agnieszka Laskus, Audrey Rangel Aguirre, Aurelie Freoua, Bethe Bronson, Champa Goria, Danbob Clarke, Ella Frost, Henryk Terpilowski, Holly Watson, Jagruti Modi, Jose Gomez, KV Duong, Laurence Jansen, Lily Hargreaves, Lin Wan-Ru Lynn, Dennison Magdalena, Gluszak-Holeksa, Marc Fresko, Maria Kaleta, Marianne Simonin, Matt Lee & Smriti Mehra, Miranda Lopatkin, Nicole Wassall, Punam Singh, Ruth Craig, Sam van Strien, Shereena Habib, Svetlana Atlavina, Yvette Blumberg, Zahrah Vawda

Always Present exhibition – Void Collective

A selection of my Death Landscape collages will feature in an exhibition with Void Collective, curated by Rachel Letchford and Jacob Weeks.

‘Always Present’ is an online exhibition that brings together the work of 25 contemporary artists. Featuring photography, video, objects and printmaking; the works on show centre around themes of identity, remembrance and the transient nature of images.

From familial histories to memory loss, hand gestures to flying children, the works on show cover a broad range of creative responses and highlight how our past is always caught up in the present, and projecting itself into the future.

From April 29th 2021 via the website.

Firewords Issue 13

Very happy to share the cover artwork I created for the latest issue of Firewords Magazine around the theme of ‘Luck’.

This was a fun commission to work on with an open brief. The idea was to show scenes where it is unclear whether the characters are lucky or unlucky, with many things going on at once and lots of details to discover.

You can buy a copy of issue 13 from the Firewords magazine website.

Archival quality prints of the illustration can be purchased from my Etsy store.

Revealing watermarks – a remote collaboration between Conservation and Imaging

In this remote collaboration, between members of the Conservation and Imaging teams at the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership, we developed tools which highlight and reveal watermarks found within a series of ship’s journals dating from 1605-1705, relating to East India Company’s voyages. Part of my role involved drawing a collection of 78 watermarks that vary in design and complexity. An article about this project can be read on the Archivoz: International Archives Magazine website.

Wicked Arts Assignments – Out Now!

I am so happy to have received my contributor copies of ‘Wicked Arts Assignments: Practising Creativity in Contemporary Arts Education’. Edited by Emiel Heijnen and Melissa Bremmer, the book features an assignment devised by Ramesh Kalkur and me for the Little Gestures art intervention studio course at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology way back in 2009 (images by Urmila Shastry).

The book is published by Valiz and can be purchased from their website or from Waterstones.

Filler Zine

I am excited to have my ‘All You Can Eat‘ series featured in issue 4 of Filler zine.

Filler is a curatorial project by Holly Eliza Temple, launched in 2018. It began as an independent food, arts and fashion zine with a focus on the lifestyle trends that surround us constantly, on social media, on the high street, in magazines and the news and in our own minds as consumers. Filler aims to encourage discourse around the way these attitudes affect our lifestyles and behaviour. 

Issue 4 features work from 32 contributors: Ellie Walton | Sutara Nitenson | Kathleen Day | Susan Plover | Emma Gibbins | Charmagne Coble | Abigail Swoboda | Matt Lee | Sophie Palk | Jenna Campbell | Ginnie-Line Darcq | Joshua Rush | Maria Florencia Perrella | Sevgi Tan | Shahar Tuchner | Charlotte Southall | Maria Orlando | Sayu Fujii | Hazel Soper | Bronte Cook | Jasmine Gibbs | Rachel Cleverly | Clare Foley | Luke Beech | Amrit Randhawa | Thomas Jon Walker | George Reynolds | Rachael Abbott | Esmee Portelli | Sian Conway | Julia Perrella

Purchase the zine from Holly’s Big Cartel shop or at Rare Mags.

Here Only – Smriti Mehra & Matt Lee

A lockdown photography collaboration with Smriti Mehra for the ‘Once Together‘ project, curated by Ina Kaur.

‘Forced to stay indoors in their one-bedroom apartment in London, this photo series explores the physical, virtual, mental and emotional confines of the strange instance created by the pandemic. Through the objects in their home the artists imply routine, repetition, anxiety, exhaustion, domesticity, technology, the inescapable political climate and the experience of time.’

The work of all the artists who contributed to the ‘Once Together’ project can be seen here. A curatorial note about this project can be read here.

Smriti Mehra & Matt Lee