29 September 2017 – 7 January 2018
The Foundling Museum, London
Rachel Kneebone exhibits five works from her Raft of Medusa series at the Foundling Museum. On public display for the first time, the sculptures provide a counterpoint to ‘Basic Instincts’, an exhibition exploring the work of the 18th century artist Joseph Highmore.
The Raft of Medusa addresses the human condition: sexuality, representations of the body, resilience and mortality. Kneebone uses porcelain, a material traditionally associated with fine tableware and Rococo exuberance in her work. Her sculptures distort and crack in the kiln, inviting viewers to question the relationship between strength and vulnerability.