Somerset House Studios

Studio 01: Points of Return

enorê, Leila Dear, Ufuoma Essi

08 Mar - 07 Jul 2024
New Wing

A new Somerset House Studios exhibition series presenting the work of three early career visual artists, developed as part of an 18-month residency. Supported by Jerwood.

Selected by a panel of artists and industry experts including Studios resident and filmmaker Jenn Nkiru, Studio 01 takes its title from the first-ever exhibition at Somerset House Studios in 2016, which featured works by original residents.

Today's Studio 01 artists are enorê, Leila Dear and Ufuoma Essi. The exhibition features the artists’ specific thematic approaches, part research and part inquiry from sculpture to moving image to paintings and drawings.

enorê’s hybrid 3D ceramics and screens wall-based works expand on their research into embodiment, virtuality and care for an intangible other, referring to Tamagotchis as a starting point. Dear’s sculpture and wall piece examine archival materials, the relationship between body and environments, patterns and structures. Lastly, Essi will present a new moving image work around her research and experiments with Super8 film that explores the relationship between materiality, land, isolation and displacement.

The Jerwood Somerset House Studios Residencies are supported by Jerwood.