Quadriplegic artist Natalie Bignell shares her debut solo exhibition ‘Splitting Seeds – An Exploration of Paralysis and Art Making’ at the Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts Trust, from the 28th September until 3rd October 2023. The exhibition explores narratives of disability, body and identity, through artwork made by Bignell after she was shot and left paralysed as an innocent bystander in November 2020.
In the first public showing of this work, Bignell fuses emotive mark-making, medical scans, photography and cartography in a deluge of light and colour. This collection exposes the monochrome theatre of Bignell’s life-saving surgery layered with the lush foliage of exotic plants. Themes of growth and resilience abound, displaying beauty flourishing through the unexpected and the painful splitting, splintering and breaking that growth often entails.
Alongside her drawings and paintings, Bignell utilises eye gaze and voice dictation technology to create digital works. Her unique process using a multitude of creative adaptive devices is demonstrated in a new documentary collaboration with Matt Joy, which will be shown as part of the exhibition.
This autobiographical body of work has deeply rooted social and political implications, as it stimulates reflections on independence, bodily autonomy, fragility and growth through worldshaking events. It is a masterclass in resilience and adapting against the odds.
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