Zoë Mendelson is an artist and writer. Her work incorporates animation, collage, drawing, installation, performance and fiction writing.
Using collation as a methodological framework Mendelson creates networks between psychoanalytic theory, psychotherapeutic practice, spatial theory, fine art and critical practice.
Her PhD, at Central Saint Martins, is titled ‘Psychologies and Spaces of Accumulation: The hoard as collagist methodology (and other stories)’. This research locates and spatialises systematised archiving alongside seemingly pathological object relations, and includes relationships drawn between urban space and wellness.
Mendelson is currently working on a project entitled ‘This Mess is a Place’, which is supported by Wellcome Trust and produced by Artsadmin.
The project focuses on psychopathology of hoarding at its intersection with rationalised collection. It has been timed to coincide with the publication of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and its inclusion of Hoarding Disorder.
Mendelson’s research engages disorder as a culturally produced phenomenon, in parallel to its clinical counterpart, suggesting its value to knowledge production within Fine Art and critical theory.
Mendelson is currently a selected member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Wellcome Trust funded New Generations programme for early career researchers in the medical humanities at the University of Durham.
Mendelson’s work has been widely exhibited internationally and she regularly speaks and performs at conferences and symposia.