Drawing Biennial 2015

Exhibition: 5 March – 30 April · Auction: 16 April 10am – 30 April 9pm


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Marianna Simnett


Year 2015
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm
Bidding Open Thu 16 April, 2015 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Tue 26 March, 2019 at 9:30pm

Marianna Simnett:

Marianna Simnett (b.1986, London) completed her BA at Nottingham Trent University in 2007 and her MA at the Slade School of Art in 2013. Working with video and drawing, her recent body of work explores themes of sexuality, innocence, corruption and martyrdom. Her videos involve collaborative processes with non-actors playing the part of themselves in heightened, suspended realities. In 2013, she won the Adrian Carruthers Award and William Coldstream Prize and in 2014, she won the Jerwood / Film and Video Umbrella Award. Selected exhibitions and screenings include: Marianna Simnett, Acme Project Space, London (2014; Unorthodox Hosts, ICA, London (2014); Selected IV, various venues (2014); What Will They See Of Me?, Jerwood Space, London, and CCA, Glasgow (2014); Seminal Work, TAP, Southend (2013), and 21st Century: Graduate Screening, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2013).

Marianna Simnett's Fake is one of many pencil drawings made by the artist.  It relates directly to her new film Blood which was a joint winner of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2015.  The nose becomes the locus of transformation and metaphor in this Surrealist film which uses the phenomenon of Albanian sworn virgins as an exploration of sexual identity.