Zoë Mendelson has an expanded-field practice that owes its spatialisation, historical narratives and compositional framework to painting. She has exhibited and performed widely in the UK and abroad, including: Fondation Cartier, Paris; CRAC Alsace, Chapter, Cardiff and; Science Museum, London. Mendelson has a PhD from Central St Martins and is Course Leader for BA Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL.
Mendelson's practice incorporates a wide variety of media and processes. Her projects, whether articulated on surfaces, collated in object form, performed or recorded through time-based media, often speak of human compulsions and the part they play in how we conduct and organise ourselves in public and private spaces.
Plaguecation is an ongoing drawing project that Mendelson began during lockdown, interpreting every page of the current (and final print version) of the Argos catalogue. The artist has been shielding at home since mid-March, only leaving the house for brief walks. It is not surprising, therefore, given the nature of the circumstances (and with the sense of an unseen but pervasive threat in the collective consiousness), this book of drawings bears testament to everyday life, obsessively observed.
For 'Real Time', Mendelson has adapted her beautiful yet curiously faithful line drawings, reformatting them on board to be shown as separate elements in a single installation, alongside a DIY vitrine built to house the project's book source (see issuu booklet above). Painted with polite pastel/greyscale tones, edged with wood-effect tape, and featuring balls of human hair, collectively they are designed to speak of home-dec aspirations and hermetic domestic rituals. But, also, the vital metronomic facets of the day-to-day that, in normal times, might barely register amongst the noise.