Private View: Thursday 20 January 2022, 6 -8 pm
Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce Donna Huddleston: In Person. For her inaugural exhibition with the gallery, the artist presents new works on paper that explore themes of doubles, stand ins and performance.
Huddleston’s dramatic compositions collapse the boundaries between life and theatre, inspired by a range of influences from the worlds of film, literature, design and the visual arts. An early career in set and costume design precipitated a preoccupation with the ephemerality of scenic design and performance, evident in her works’ careful staging. The enigmatic figures that occupy Huddleston’s richly decorative world seduce with mystifying gestures and sideways glances that evade clear-cut narrative. This cinematic quality is echoed in the time-based process of drawing itself, each work’s suspenseful narrative unfolding as though a scene from a screenplay. Underpinning Huddleston’s research for these latest works are the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Chantal Akerman.