“My practice is driven by an awareness of ancient carving techniques and their connections to the body through ritualism and allegory. Hand carving is physically demanding, the material tests and shapes my body as much as I shape the stone; in consequence this haptic interaction becomes integral to my work. The resulting forms are playful and seductive explorations of feminine subjectivity.”
Irena Posner is a sculptor based between London and Carrara, Italy. She graduated from a BA in Philosophy at University College London in 2008, and an MFA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2021. In the same year, she received the Gilbert Bayes Award from the Royal Society of Sculptors. She was shortlisted for Kenneth Armitage Sculptor Prize in 2022, and was awarded the Winsor & Newton Painting Prize in 2015. She has undertaken multiple residencies including Way Out East (University of East London, 2022), Ponte Di Ferro (Carrara, Italy, 2022), Carusi Studios (Carrara, Italy, 2021), Portland Stone and Quarry Trust Residency (Weymouth, 2020), and the Tate Exchange Residency (Tate Modern, London, 2019). Recent selected exhibitions include: Making Marks (Battersea Park, London, 2022), Royal College of Art Degree Show (London, 2022), Equal quantities of everything (The Baths Hackney Wick, London, 2022), AIR Open 2021 (AIR Gallery, Altrincham, 2021), Flesh (Old Operating Theatre, London 2020), WIP (Royal College of Art, London, 2020), Movement (Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London, 2019), Unfinished (Peckham Levels, London, 2018), Light Ignites our Inspiration (Asylum, London, 2018), Snorkel (Cookhouse Gallery Chelsea, London, 2018), Fragments (The Garage, London, 2017), Still Lives (Erarta Gallery, London, 2016), Griffin Gallery Open (Griffin Gallery, London, 2015). Upcoming exhibitions include: Way Out East solo show (2022), Eastbury Open House (2022) Her work is held in prestigious collections including the Fondazione Benetton, Treviso, Italy, and the Odunpazarı Modern Museum (OMM), Turkey.
Ground WorkGroup Exhibition 14 September - 13 October 2022Featuring artwork by Alexandra Searle, Catriona Robertson, Gabriela Pelczarska, Irena Posner, James Southall Ford, Jesse Pollock, Josh C. Wright, Marian Lee, and Tom Bull, the pieces on show are thematically united by the artists' collective commitment to working in three dimensions and their mutual interest in ideas of form, matter,...