Sex Work

Penny Slinger

Blum & Poe, S1

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Penny Slinger, Rosegasm, 1970-1977. Photo collage 13 3/8 x 20 inches (34 x 50.8 centimeters). Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo

Penny Slinger, Rosegasm, 1970-1977. Photo collage 13 3/8 x 20 inches (34 x 50.8 centimeters). Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo

Inspired by the collage practices of the Surrealists, Penny Slinger uses the same tools to probe the feminine psyche. She chooses to be her own muse and employs photographs and life casts of herself throughout her practice – owning her sexuality and challenging the status quo with her fearless and radical aesthetic. 

As part of her in-depth exploration of how a woman is seen and how she sees herself, Slinger created themed series of works. The collage works exhibited here are selections from ‘50% The Visible Woman’  (1969/71), ‘Mouthpieces’ (1973), ‘Bride’s Cake’ (1973), ‘Scrolls’ (1976), ‘An Exorcism’ (1977) and ‘Mountain Ecstasy’ (1978). 

Penny Slinger (Born 1947, London; lives and works in California) Penny Slinger graduated from the Chelsea College of Art in 1969. Select exhibitions include ‘The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest’, The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2017); ‘History is Now’, Hayward Gallery, London (2015); ‘Lips Painted Red’, Trondheim Kunstmuseum (2013); ‘The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art’, Tate St. Ives (2009-10); ‘Angels of Anarchy’, Manchester Art Gallery (2009); ‘Surrealism Unlimited’, Camden Arts Centre, London (1978); XII Bienal de São Paulo (1973); and ‘Young and Fantastic’, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) London (1969).