The artists selected each bring their own unique voice and practice to the exhibition, demonstrating an attentiveness to their inner selves, as well as an awareness of the wisdom that can be found within myths, folklore, and fairytales. Their work provides fertile ground to enable viewers to gain the same insight, encouraging a slow process of looking and feeling.
Running with the Wolves is a group show featuring six contemporary artists whose work explores mythology, folklores, fairytales and the spiritual through painting, drawing and sculpture. The exhibition takes its title from the book Women Who Run with the Wolves, Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (1992) . This fascinating book by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, a Jungian analyst, author and poet offers a prism through which to explore the work of six artists incorporating myths, fairytales, the spiritual and folklore into their practice with relevance to contemporary experience. The exhibiting artists are Carolina Aguirre, Camilla Bliss, Rafaela Lazarou, Simona Orentaitė, Georg Wilson and Salomé Wu.
Georg Wilson and Camilla Bliss use the mediums of painting and sculpture to illuminate how ancient ideas of ritual and symbolism can have fresh relevance for audiences today.
Salomé Wu, Carolina Aguirre and Simona Orentaitė paint intuitively, incorporating symbols, personal experience, and dreams into deeply absorbing works, whilst multi - disciplinary artist Rafaella Lazarou's intricate and fluid drawings depict anthropomorphic and biomorphic forms filtered from myths and fairytales.
It is our hope that in bringing together this critically important feminist text with current conversations around femininity, myths and folklore as expressed in art, Running with the Wolves will create a fresh and exciting space to engage with both the book and works of art on display.