Approved: 20.09.2009

Freya Pocklington

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Approved: 20.09.2009

'Freya Pocklington is interested in notions of self-contained worlds, from the state-of-nature theories of Jean-Jacques Rousseau to the constructed dystopia of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1932) and music videos such as Wiley's Rolex (2008). The artist's Conté crayon drawings, animations and videos, present a dark bestiary in which the unexpected is the norm. As human stand-ins, Pocklington's

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

'Freya Pocklington is interested in notions of self-contained worlds, from the state-of-nature theories of Jean-Jacques Rousseau to the constructed dystopia of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1932) and music videos such as Wiley's Rolex (2008). The artist's Conté crayon drawings, animations and videos, present a dark bestiary in which the unexpected is the norm. As human stand-ins, Pocklington's pooches are a ragbag affair: they are underdogs, but also over-dogs, empathetic but also merciless and inhumane. Some of the dogs appear to be merrymaking, others simply idle away their time in surreal isolation - a recurring motif is the beast trapped inside a bell jar, an image that recalls ideas of archive, preservation and airless museology. There have, of course, been numerous presentations of canines in fiction as moral fables: think of Argos, the faithful lead in Homer's Odyssey who recognises the true hero upon his return; Buck, the protagonist of Jack London's Call of the Wild (1903) who discovers his natural freedom; and Mikhail Bulgakov's dismal proletarian antihero in Heart of a Dog (1925). In Pocklington's art, dogs are somewhat different: they are freighted with the symbolic load of fable, but the message is left deliberately, potently, ambiguous.' Colin Perry 2011 Florence Trust Catalogue

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2009 - MA Drawing, University of The Arts, London 2006 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Ednburgh Solo exhibitions 2010 - Drawing on the Cathedral, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester 2007 - Drawings and Stories, Convento São Francisco de Mértola, Portugal Group exhibitions 2011 - Summer Show, The Florence Trust Studios, London 2011 - Tutors Sketchbooks, West Dean College, Sussex 2010 - Minas Installation, Art Amsterdam with Galerie Ramakers, Amsterdam 2010 - Drawing Artists, West Dean College, Sussex 2009 - DRAWN/CUT/TORN, Wimbledon Space, London 2009 - Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary, Mall Galleries, London 2009 - Group show, Deutsche Postbank, London 2009 - Intersections, The Nunnery, London 2008 - Group show, Deutsche Postbank , London 2008 - Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008, Jerwood Space & Touring, London 2008 - Open Exhibition, Creative Industries, Manchester 2007 - 181st Annual Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 2007 - Mental Image, Project Ability, Glasgow 2007 - The Drawing Gallery, The Drawing Gallery, London 2006 - Annual Student Exhibition , The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 2006 - Book, Edinburgh college of Art, Edinburgh 2006 - Visual Arts Scotland, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 2005 - Open Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh Artist talks 2009 - Curating an interim show, Wimbledon College of Art, London Workshops 2009 - The Big Draw, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London Residencies 2011 - Alumni Residency, Wimbledon College of Art, London 2010 - One year Residency, The Florence Trust Studios, London 2010 - Residency, Chichester Cathedral and West Dean College, Sussex 2007 - Scottish Arts Council funded residency, Convento São Francisco de Mértola, Portugal Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary: Runner-up, Mall Galleries, London 2007 - Three month residency at the Convento São Francisco de Mértola, Portugal Supported by The Scottish Arts Council, Convento São Francisco de Mértola, Portugal 2006 - Andrew Grant Travel Award, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh 2006 - John Kinross Travelling Scholarship to Florence , The Royal Scottish Academy, Italy 2006 - The James Cumming Award for Draughtsmanship, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 2005 - The Alexander Flynn Bequest, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Educational experience - early years 2009 - Arts Facilitator , Islington Arts Factory, London Educational experience - primary 2009 - Arts Facilitator , Bigfoot, London Primary School Educational experience - secondary 2009 - Arts Facilitator , islington Arts Factory, London Other 2005 - Collections-, Convento de São Francisco, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh College of Art, Apex Hotels, Glasgow Airport, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Portugal