We are pleased to welcome Vanessa Disler, Tiziana La Melia, Nina Royle, Lucy Stein, and Charlott Weise to discuss their evolving collaborative project Global Cows, in conversation with Berlin-based writer and editor Chloe Stead.
Vanessa Disler (1987, Vancouver) is an artist based in Berlin. Disler’s practice is centred around painting and is informed by many of Modernism’s preoccupations: the possibilities of abstraction, and issues surrounding authorship and signature. She engages with these concerns through the use of visual and processual tropes associated with feminism and psychoanalysis. Since 2010, she has also worked with Nicole Ondre as Feminist Land Art Retreat.
Tiziana La Melia (1982, Palermo) is an artist and writer living on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations (Vancouver). Mutant and mercurial, the work takes on many forms, and dwells through mending narratives, feelings, the cut, and “decreation.”
Nina Royle is based in West Penwith, Cornwall—her wellspring. Nina's work is centred in painting but is also made as text, utilitarian objects, and performance. In these works, mythologies, domestic spaces, and the alchemic possibilities of pigmented materials conflate to be understood through one another. A collection of her writing was recently co-published by Kingsgate Project Space and Folium.
Lucy Stein has been based in St. Just, Cornwall, since 2015. Her first UK institutional solo show will be held later this year at Spike Island in Bristol. Titled "Wet Room," the exhibition is based on Lucy’s research into the ancient, womb-like Neolithic passages unique to West Cornwall.
Charlott Weise (1991, Görlitz) is based in-between Amsterdam and the tri-border region of Görlitz in the eastern part of Germany. Her work stems from a deep engagement with painting and its rich history, as well as representations and reproductions of femininity (and its performance) through various fields such as literature, theatre, and mainstream media. Her practice can be seen as a form of intuitive visual or image-based writing.
Chloe Stead is a writer, editor, and critic based in Berlin. Her writing has been published by AnOther Magazine, Artnet, Art-Agenda, Frieze, Frieze d/e, Mousse, Monocle, and Spike—among others. She regularly contributes to artist monographs and exhibition catalogues.