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Past Projects

Saelia Aparicio: Your Consequences Have Actions

24 November 2017 – 28 January 2018

Your Consequences Have Actions was Saelia Aparicio's first major exhibition in a UK public gallery, bringing together newly commissioned works made specially for The Tetley with a selection of existing work, shown alongside several drawings and sculptures from the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection at The Whitworth, The University of Manchester.

The body is a malleable source of wonder and horror for Aparicio. For her it is simultaneously a mask, a costume to be worn, and a changing, ever moving form shaped by ageing and disease. Aparicio's figures take their skin off and leave it behind draped over chairs, creatures emerge from under fingernails, features are squashed and smashed together.

Underneath the skin, the body's hidden functions are affected by the world outside, in the film A Mysterical Journey we travelled into digestive tracts and through nerves and veins, as the body improbably digests chairs, mops, knives and pot plants. Humour, and an aesthetic style inspired by comic books and cartoons, belies a concern for the bodily impact of daily life, disease and age.

In this exhibition, Aparicio created a new drawing for The Tetley's Leeds Beckett Atrium wall – filling the gallery space and flowing into the ground floor Bar & Kitchen. Spanning four floors and curling around walls the drawing is impossible to view in its entirety.

Alongside Aparicio's works was a selection of works by six female artists from the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art collection, with sculptures by Marie Rose Lortet and Judith Scott, and drawings by Aloise Corbaz, Madge Gill, Lee Godie and Martha Grunenwaldt. The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art collection was started in 1984 with the express purpose of collecting artworks created outside the mainstream system of formal art training. The collection includes a wide range of artists from across the world, including the USA, Germany, France and Britain, and artists with mental and physical disabilities.

If you didn't have a chance to see the exhibition or you want to relive the experience again, view our 3D showcase of the entire show by clicking here.

With special thanks to The Whitworth, The University of Manchester.

Sealia Aparicio, Your Consequences Have Actions, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Tetley. Photo Jules Lister.

Sealia Aparicio, Your Consequences Have Actions, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Tetley. Photo Jules Lister.

Sealia Aparicio, Your Consequences Have Actions, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Tetley. Photo Jules Lister.

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