14/01/2023 - 18/02/2023

Contemporary - Painting

Lily Kemp - taking flight

Tue-Sat: 10-6pm

Lily Kemp has been exploring depictions of mermaids from a queer narrative as an ambiguous hybrid figure, after looking at tales of mermaids in different cultures. By focusing on mermaids and fish like people in Chinese Mythology, Kemp delves deeper into connotations of the illustrious figure.

Kemp identifies a particular tale of interest, Jiao Ren which tells the story of a talented mermaid, a craftswoman who holds the ability to transform her tears into pearls. Jiao Ren is an independent merperson not reliant on the emotive reactions of others - bearing remarkable skill that she wields in the creation of valuable objects.


Holland Park 10 Portland Rd, W11 4LA