Parties to Cover the Silence
solo exhibition


South Parade, London UK

May 12 - June 18, 2022

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South Parade is pleased to present Parties to cover the silence, a solo exhibition of Ukrainian born, Vienna based artist, Siggi Sekira.
 

Known for their work with ceramics and coloured pencil drawings; they create the shared ground of their interior and external world. This creative space draws on their childhood, Ukrainian mythology, the 1900 Wiener Werkstatte movement (Vienna Workshop), Soviet avant-garde, and the spread of Western pop-culture after the collapse of the Soviet Union. When they were a child their grandfather, a merchant seaman, used to give them flax and say it was the hair of mermaids, like Undine or Lilly, that he had met when crossing the equator. The blackened Grief Wreath, due to multiple firings, suggests the wreaths commonly worn by young women during Ivana Kupala night, a pre-christian slavic festival to celebrate the summer solstice.


Each finely worked drawing is a fusion of self-portraits, family stories and coincidences, creating a chronicle of an alternative, sometimes macabre, memory of their life. In a number of drawings, genderless, diaphanous figures float amongst vertebrae, sinew and disconnected muscle tissue creating the uncertainty of sleep and convalescence. (According to traditional Ukrainian folklore, death is perceived as a long sleep). In others, such as Dragonfly Garden, jelly-like forms circulate either to heal or harm.
 

Following a death, there is a wake in the family home. During these occasions, normally cherished pets, cats like Possible Kitty for Trips with its grainy pallor, closed bulbous eyes and swollen upper lip, are kept well away from the body so that the soul of the deceased does not enter the animal and remain in the house. A material modesty permeates Sekira’s practice. Coloured pencils, and clay, are the simplest and most economical means of artistic expression; yet can realise subtle and suggestive work.
 

This exhibition has kindly received support from the Austrian Cultural Forum London.

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Installation view, 'Parties to Cover the Silence'

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Lilly

glazed stoneware

25 x 12 x 21 cm

2022

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Lilly (detail)

glazed stoneware

25 x 12 x 21 cm

2022

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Lilly (detail)

glazed stoneware

25 x 12 x 21 cm

2022

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Grief Wreath Number 1

glazed stoneware

20 x 17 x 5 cm

2021

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Grief Wreath Number 1 (detail)

glazed stoneware

20 x 17 x 5 cm

2021

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I Luv the Valley Oh

glazed stoneware

20.5 x 23 x 12 cm

2020

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I Luv the Valley Oh (detail)

glazed stoneware

20.5 x 23 x 12 cm

2020

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Witch’s Womb

glazed stoneware

23.5 x 16 x 10 cm

2021

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Witch’s Womb (detail)

glazed stoneware

23.5 x 16 x 10 cm

2021

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Undine

glazed stoneware & lustre

44 x 23 x 15 cm

2020

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Undine (detail)

glazed stoneware & lustre

44 x 23 x 15 cm

2020

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Undine (detail)

glazed stoneware & lustre

44 x 23 x 15 cm

2020

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Undine (detail)

glazed stoneware & lustre

44 x 23 x 15 cm

2020

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Installation view, 'Parties to Cover the Silence'

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Possible Kitty for Trips

glazed stoneware & lustre

18 x 20 x 11.5 cm

2020

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Possible Kitty for Trips (detail)

glazed stoneware & lustre

18 x 20 x 11.5 cm

2020

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Possible Kitty for Trips (detail)

glazed stoneware & lustre

18 x 20 x 11.5 cm

2020

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Away from Countless Blessings Pt. 3

coloured pencils on paper

29.7 cm x 21 cm (35.5 x 26.6 cm framed)

2020

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Not a Soul in My Shelter Pt 2

coloured pencil on paper

59.4 x 42 cm (65 x 48 cm framed)

2020

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Siren’s Eve Pt.2

coloured pencils on paper

42 x 29.7 cm (47.5 x 35.5 cm framed)

2022

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Siren’s Eve Pt.2 (detail)

coloured pencils on paper

42 x 29.7 cm (47.5 x 35.5 cm framed)

2022

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Not a Soul in My Shelter

coloured pencils on paper

59.4 x 42 cm (65 x 48 cm framed)

2019