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Paul Westcombe: A soul twirler booms trout wet

Event date
18 February 2019 - 8 March 2019 (10am to 5pm)
Paul Westcombe: A soul twirler booms trout wet

Exhibition Dates: 18 February - 8 March 2019
Opening Times: Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Drinks Reception: Thursday 28 February, 5 - 8pm

Paul Westcombe presents A soul twirler booms trout wet, an experimental wall-drawing and painting installation with theatrical elements, in collaboration with Katrina Sheppeard (Dramatic Soprano) and students from Wimbledon Fine Art and Theatre courses. Using the architecture and idiosyncrasy of the exhibition space, the artist will create visual and conceptual vistas based on the writings of Raymond Roussel (particularly Locus Solus), and his disastrous theatre productions. Black portals, fragmented body-architecture hybrids; the space will be transformed into a fantastical, grotesque and phantasmagorical space – a complex mechanism of desire.
This is the third exhibition in Wimbledon Space’s year of portal themed projects.
Paul Westcombe (Royal College of Art, Painting (2007), and RADA, Scenic Art (2017)), has exhibited widely throughout the UK and abroad. Exhibitions and projects include Head to Toe, RADA (2018); Bodies Undone, Blyth Gallery (2018); Paper, Saatchi Gallery, London (2013); The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013). As a scenic artist, Paul works on a wide variety of theatre productions including at the Royal Opera House.
Katrina Sheppeard is one of the UK’s most exciting up and coming dramatic sopranos. Since moving from Australia to London in 2008, Katrina has worked extensively with UK companies, and in particular with English National Opera. Roles covered by Katrina for ENO include Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Turandot, Marta in Weinberg’s The Passenger, Leonore in Fidelio, Katerina in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Norma and Tosca. 
Image: Paul Westcombe installing The Symbols Pursue Me, The Cooperative Space, Liverpool Biennial, 2010.
Photography by Minako Jackson.

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