Spike Island

Exhibition: Zoë PaulLa Perma-Perla Kraal Emporium


5 May to 8 July 2018


Free entry

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Preview: Friday 4 May 2018, 6–9pm

Zoë Paul works primarily with sculpture, textile and drawing to explore the character of domestic spaces, both in architectural and social terms, and in particular, the point where the threshold between the interior and the exterior seems to disappear. Her work aims to examine our relationship with tradition, and explores shifts in perception around the value of an object according to time and context. Paul often works with simple timeless materials and techniques such as clay, weaving and drawing that have been used throughout centuries and can be sourced and crafted applying very little technology.  

Paul’s exhibition at Spike Island revolves around La Perma-Perla Kraal Emporium, a collaborative work that invites visitors to sit around a long table and make clay beads, thereby becoming the work at the same time as creating it. In this experiential and immersive environment, ceramic teapots and cups made by Paul are used to serve tea to participants.

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Zoë Paul’s exhibition is supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and Arts Council England. Herbs for the tea are supplied in-kind by Daphnis and Chloé.

Zoë Paul

Zoë Paul studied at Camberwell College of Art followed by the Royal College of Art. Paul grew up between the Greek island of Kithira and Oxford, and currently lives and works in Athens. Paul’s recent group exhibitions include Unorthodox at the Jewish Museum, New York (2016), and The Equilibrists at the New Museum, New York and the DESTE Foundation, Athens (2016).

Supported by
  • Henry Moore Foundation