Bex Ilsley


Interview by Mia Cathcart

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Published September 2018

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Mia Cathcart speaks with artist Bex Ilsley about the work in her show boom + bust, at GOLDTAPPED, Newcastle, UK. 



Ilsley’s sculptural practice explores the nature of body and personality in virtual, physical, and psychological spaces using fantasy, performativity, objecthood and paradox as a lens through which to question the authenticity of these structures and its relationship to mental health. Ilsley aim’s to create depictions of the self and the Other which twist in and out of the real and the virtual, the artificial and the authentic, progressing through journeys of discovery, only to end up where they began.

For boom + bust, Ilsley brought together personal ideas surrounding childhood trauma and autonomous, AI (Artificial Intelligence) generated internet content, questioning the responsibility for unresolved trauma within familial structures and what emotional effects the continuously fluctuating economy has on our future generations?





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Recent Exhibitions: Duty Free - Chelsea College of Arts, London, 2018, Rendered Personas - TRANSIT, Holzmarkt25, Berlin, 201, GIF FEST 3000 - 220 Prior St, Vancouver, 2018, gal.zone - as part of The Wrong Biennale, 2017, Emotional Processing (solo) - Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington.

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GOLDTAPPED is an artist led gallery based in The Newbridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne. Their aim is to provide space for experimentation, development and support emerging artist practices. Their programme includes exhibitions, interviews, talks and workshops.

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