Photo of Bex IlsleyI graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2016 and was one of the 2016 Woon Prize winners. My work has reached an international audience and has been acquired into the collections of Miley Cyrus, and Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips).

My practice explores the constructs of body and personality in virtual, physical, and psychological spaces. I create garish, hollow structures, both on and offline, both within and outside of myself, as a refuge from a wobbly wider reality. The blurry authenticity of ‘I’ folds back in on itself, a strange loop.

I aim 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.

This practice is an exploration of fantasy, performativity, objecthood and paradox.

I am most interested in artificial materials, primitive shapes and amorphous forms because they reflect these experiences and ideas.

Previous exhibitions include:

  • Emotional Processing (solo), Warrington Museum and Art Gallery (2017);
  • The Sacred Screen, Square Gallery, London (2017);
  • In Dark Times, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2017);
  • and the Recent Graduates exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London (2016), where I live-streamed a performance for 37.5 hours.

My second solo show, as yet unnamed, will be presented at Goldtapped, Newcastle in March 2018.