Invites: Rebecca Parkin

Invites: Rebecca Parkin
Rebecca Parkin, Pickle Pie (crop), 2018. Pastel on paper. Digital Photograph, Courtesy the artist


Zabludowicz Collection is pleased to present an Invites exhibition by London-based painter Rebecca Parkin. Responding to genres of fan art, horror films, and cosplay, Parkin draws on seventeenth century Dutch portraiture and traditional methods of pop culture illustration to interpret the changing landscape of fantasy, gender and sexuality.

Building from her ongoing series of green women, Parkin's presentation recreates the depictions of women seen throughout art history, film and popular culture as possessed witch-like beings. Set against a red backdrop, the installation employs the trickery of colour theory techniques to illuminate the character's vivid skin and bloodshot eyes. Taking on an eerie and exaggerated critique, the work unpacks feminist histories through the demonic femme as an eroticized trope.

Rebecca Parkin (b. 1973, Sheffield, England) received an MA in painting from Royal College of Art London in 2009. The artist attended the 2020-2021 Turps Off-site Painting programme and was selected for the 2009 and 2021 Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Recent exhibitions include The Blue, The Pink, The Immaterial, The Void, Austrian Cultural Forum, London (2022); Once Upon a Time, 23-25 Chiltern Street, London (2022); Electric, Art Car Boot Fair, London (2022); Blink, Safe House 1, London, (2022).