Cajsa Von Zeipel at Arcadia Missa

Artist: Cajsa Von Zeipel

Exhibition title: The Gossips

Organized by: Condon London, Arcadia Missa and Company

Venue: Arcadia Missa, London, UK

Date: January 5 – February 24, 2019

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist, Arcadia Missa and Company

Cajsa Von Zeipel’s second solo exhibition at Arcadia Missa,The Gossips, takes its name from a small, often repeated sculpture by the French artist Camille Claudel. Cajsa von Zeipel’s sculptures in this exhibition present additional readings of Claudel’s piece as well as the action of gossiping itself. As with Claudel’s multiples of The Gossips, each sculpture in this exhibition – they are titled Why, What, Where, When – is a repeat of itself, a figure in a state of transformation. The repetitions act as versions, versions act as rumours, a rumour as a version of a truth.

A whisper is shapeless, constantly changing as the gossips speak. Von Zeipel’s sculptures too, are dripping and flowing and evolving and nebulous. Bongs, dildos, phone cords, spinners – technological and mechanical extensions of the body – grow from these gossips and it is unclear if they are coming out of, or into, the body. They share and reflect the paranoia of Claudel’s mental health while she was creating

The Gossips.

Over time the word ‘gossip’ has shifted in meaning from simply being another way to describe a female friend into a negative, gendered word connoting idle and ignorant chat (a process outlined by Silvia Federici in Caliban and the Witch). The Gossips are nude together, their nudity plays upon a fear of women collectivising, talking, bound up with a suspicion around a essentialised, biological idea of the female body. Von Zeipel’s sculptures begin to reach out from the strict containment of gendered form, through their symbiosis with the technological infrastructures depicted, but also through their surfaces; their skins veer from scaly or stone­like to wet, supple and synthetic. Their desire to become more than human has a range; from When? (a girl perhaps visiting Miami, recently emerged from the sea) to Where? (a being with ruptures in the side of their face and a decorated body seemingly tattooed from the inside.)

Why, What, Where, When sit in the gallery collectivising – potentially with each other, potentially with others on the end of their headsets. The power of their gossiping is amped up further in the snarling, potentially anguished faces, which portray an empowerment not only in gossip, but also as they trudge closer towards total cyborg.

These rebel bodies chatter and shudder within their materiality, their whispering struggles to be contained, they seep and burst out of themselves, the gossip is a replica in rapture of becoming.

Cajsa Von Zeipel, The Gossips, 2018, exhibition view, Arcadia Missa, London

Cajsa Von Zeipel, The Gossips, 2018, exhibition view, Arcadia Missa, London

Cajsa Von Zeipel, The Gossips, 2018, exhibition view, Arcadia Missa, London

Cajsa Von Zeipel, The Gossips, 2018, exhibition view, Arcadia Missa, London

Cajsa von Zeipel, When?, 2019, Aqua Resin, sand from south beach, glitter, fringe thread, sunglasses, earrings, glass beads, shoelaces, feathers, usb cord, headphones: 55.88 × 40.64 × 30.48 cm (22 × 16 × 12 inches)

Cajsa von Zeipel, Why?, 2019, Silicone, Aqua Resin, glitter, fabric, bongs, headphones, dildo, fidget spinner, hair ties, piercings, fishhook: 21 × 16 × 12 inches (53.34 × 40.64 × 30.48 cm)

Cajsa von Zeipel, What?, 2019, Silicone, Aqua Resin, sunglasses, denim fabric: 22 × 17 × 12 inches (55.88 × 43.18 × 30.48 cm)

Cajsa Von Zeipel, The Gossips, 2018, exhibition view, Arcadia Missa, London

Cajsa Von Zeipel, The Gossips, 2018, exhibition view, Arcadia Missa, London

Cajsa von Zeipel, Why?, 2019, Silicone, Aqua Resin, glitter, fabric, bongs, headphones, dildo, fidget spinner, hair ties, piercings, fishhook: 21 × 16 × 12 inches (53.34 × 40.64 × 30.48 cm)

Cajsa von Zeipel, Why?, 2019, Silicone, Aqua Resin, glitter, fabric, bongs, headphones, dildo, fidget spinner, hair ties, piercings, fishhook: 21 × 16 × 12 inches (53.34 × 40.64 × 30.48 cm)

Cajsa von Zeipel, Where?, 2 019, Silicone, Aqua Resin, tattoo pattern fabric, synthetic hair, fur, glass beads, hair ties, piercing, rubber: 53.34 × 40.64 × 30.48 cm (21 × 16 × 12 inches)

Cajsa von Zeipel, When?, 2019, Aqua Resin, sand from south beach, glitter, fringe thread, sunglasses, earrings, glass beads, shoelaces, feathers, usb cord, headphones: 55.88 × 40.64 × 30.48 cm (22 × 16 × 12 inches)

Cajsa von Zeipel, About Last Night, 2019, Aqua Resin: 19 × 25 × 11 inches (48.26 × 63.50 × 27.94 cm)

Cajsa Von Zeipel, The Gossips, 2018, exhibition view, Arcadia Missa, London

Cajsa von Zeipel, When?, 2019, Aqua Resin, sand from south beach, glitter, fringe thread, sunglasses, earrings, glass beads, shoelaces, feathers, usb cord, headphones: 55.88 × 40.64 × 30.48 cm (22 × 16 × 12 inches)

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