Katharine Meynell has been working as an artist since the late 1970’s, working across material media, using moving image, performance, drawings and artists’ books. Her work is distributed by LUX. She was Artist in Residence at The Nordic Artists’ Centre (funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture) 2019. Completed a PhD at the RCA on Time Based work in Britain, in 2000 and was Reader in Fine Art at Middlesex University, retiring in 2011. Curator for Elizabeth Friedlander: Typographer, Calligrapher, Designer at The Ditchling Museum January- April 2018.
Installations: Moonrise Tate Liverpool & Cornerhouse;A book for a performance AIR Gallery & ICP New York; Eat and Vampire (s) eat Kettles Yard, Bluecoat, & Film Museum, Amsterdam; Light Water Power (with Alistair Skinner) Lux, London; The Island Bell Harris Museum, Preston; Può dirmi dove devo scendere? British School at Rome, where I was Abbey Fellow 2003/4; Bread Tunny Iceberg in From Floor to Sky, at P3, curated by Peter Kardia 2010; Hannah’s Song 1986/2019 in ‘From the Kitchen Table, Drew Gallery Projects’ Southwark Park Galleries.
Publications: It’s inside Marion Boyars, 2005, coinciding with a solo exhibition at the Café Gallery (funded by the Wellcome Trust). I have made five works with the Gefn Press including Cunning Chapters at the British Library in 2007 and Poetry of Unknown Words at the Poetry Library in 2012, and now on display in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library. Mutual Dependencies Artwords, 2011. GraceGraceGrace explore Gen-age, Live Art Development Agency/GraceGraceGrace, 2019. Enter [the Page as a] lady, Gefn Press and Boundary Street Press, 2020 (part of AMBruno’s One and Many Pages).
Recent videos: Elizabeth (23 minutes) 2017 “I liked it very much indeed – cinematically and in terms of its subject matter … Elizabeth’s roots in German modernism, her exile, the familiarity of her anonymous designs” – Laura Mulvey. Hat & Wig (10 minutes) 2018, with Fluxus artist Geoffrey Hendricks and arts activist Sur Rodney Sur (Kathy Aker Award winner) speaking about Minette’s hat and Candy Darling’s wig. Touring in “RADICAL INTIMACIES WE ARE HERE: Artists Moving Image from the British Council Collection and LUX”. An essay on Painting (30 minutes) Scottish painter Jim Mooney reads a philosophical essay, his words are interspersed with wild landscape and moments in his studio on the Moray Firth. Shown at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery 2020 and touring.
Recent performance: with Sexcentenary at The Whitworth, Manchester; PERFORM PERFORM, Switzerland and Grey Matters Action, Brighton. With GraceGraceGrace at Humber Street Gallery, Hull; Venice Experimental Video and Performance Art Festival, Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi; In 2018 at Guest Projects, London; Riga Performance Festival; in 2019 at Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2020/1 Distance Works, lockdown online.
Image: Skin and stones (body, flint, pastry). Photographer: Manuel Vason