Isabella Widger (b. 1989 in York, UK) lives and works in Glasgow, UK. Widger’s practice focuses on narrativity and its relationship to literature and eroticism, exploring the position of libidinality, mastery and desire in the production of images, texts and objects. She uses caricaturing as a methodology to mitigate the bathetic quality in elegance and undermine the didacticism of male, art-historical or literary representations of women.
Widger considers the drawn line to have an elasticity that can stretch its fidelity to reality, moving matter in and out of the plausible limits of the real in relation to self-imagining, fantasy and desire. This potential has an eroticism beyond the specific content of the image; the line can assume any role where the fiction is not a question of being fooled but a sincere entry into a world in which hierarchies might be confused, inverted or levelled.
Widger is 1/3 of Florida, a collaborative curatorial project based in Glasgow.
Group exhibitions include: Thought Beside Itself, Ruskin School of Art, UK, 2017; Picture a Garden, The Number Shop, Edinburgh, UK, 2017; Assume an open posture, Collar, Manchester, UK, 2017; Sleeper, Hidden Door festival, Edinburgh, UK, 2016; Company, Summerhall, Edinburgh, UK, 2016; Treat Yo’ Self, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK, 2015; Everything Sensor, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow, UK, 2015; RSA New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK, 2015.
For more information visit: isabellawidger.com.
Florida: Caitlin Merrett King, Hannah Reynolds and Isabella Widger
Big Time Sensuality
Big Time Sensuality looks at the ideas of collaboration and friendship as part of a continuing exploration into curating and working together within an expanded artistic practice.
Merrett King, Reynolds and Widger present an installation that brings together individual and co-authored works that explore how optimism and self-doubt in production are mirrored in the content of the work, and if this is inherently gendered. Personal experiences are processed through coded language, fictions and associations which are also firmly situated within a wider consciousness of political and cultural expectations.
Merrett King, Reynolds and Widger are Florida, a collaborative curatorial project based in Glasgow.
Supported by Wasps Studios.
Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Wed & Fri – Sun, 12 noon-6pm
Thu, 12 noon-8pm