Daniel Benjamin Gallery – Orsola Zane

22 March - 30 April, 2022
Orsola Zane, Ferguson, 2022, Oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm, © The Artist, Image Courtesy of Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London

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Daniel Benjamin Gallery is pleased to present I Should Have Been a Pair of Ragged Claws, an exhibition of paintings and installations by London based Italian artist, Orsola Zane, in her first solo show in London. 

Addressing the question of self-perception; the works combine self-centred repetition, a sense of imminent threat, deflective humour and a feeling of inability to meet societal expectations regarding interaction, bonding and communication.

Through oil painting and ceramic sculpture, Zane investigates themes of isolation, anxiety, loss of individuality and memory.
Blank stares, murky colours, sharp objects and eerie creatures provoke a growing sense of discomfort or even threat with an unnerving atmosphere, heightened by their domestic settings. 

Despite digging into the unmotivated fears and problematic approaches to social interaction, there is no therapeutic or reparative intent to Zane’s practice. The focus is instead on isolating and preserving the quiet terror that denotes the moment before the strike, before the violent or self-destructive act is completed. 

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