Sitting somewhere between painting, sculpture and archive, Bex Massey’s work examines the role of painting and the language of display in the face of popular culture. Through the amalgamation of sculptural form and simulacra she investigates notions of worth, both in terms of allegory; the phenomena of celebrity; the throw away nature of British popular culture and the undercurrent of anxiety drifting just below the surface of daily life.
From broadsheet headlines to Shakespearean prose-Massey’s portfolio has long focused on reinterpreting stories in a visual manner. This impetus towards narration is seen to greater extent in recent series #mamconcurs which sought to document, question and subvert women’s depiction in art history. Her installations display and refashion paraphernalia appropriated from her adolescence in an ‘awkward couple’ of garish nostalgia and traditional making techniques. In so doing she enables the audience to independently manufacture their own personal histories through their associative memories to object and image.