Ismene King (b. 1993) is a sculptress and ceramist based in Athens. She is a graduate of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (2014) and holds an MFA in sculpture from the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL, University of London, 2017), where she was also awarded the Jeanne Szego travel scholarship. Through her practice, she explores emotion and embodiment as a methodology for creating work responding to her surroundings and to subjective as well as collective experiences, such as mourning, trauma, femininity, eroticism and relatedness perceived as potent, active conditions. Finding ways to translate these conditions into sculptural terms is a key element of her work. Parallel to, and as integral part of her individual practice, she has established a long-standing collaboration with the visual artist Ileana Arnaoutou, which is mainly geared towards developing an embodied and sympoietic sculptural approach and exploring subjectivity as a means of relating to others. Selected exhibitions include: True Love Leaves No Traces, Galerist, Istanbul (2022); Encounters in wreath-knot-chain formations, solo exhibition, The Breeder Gallery, Athens (2021); (dis)placement, shown at Off-Quay in London and at Jacaranda in Rio de Janeiro (2017); and Backwards+Forwards, Casa Dona Laura, Lisbon (2016). She has also curated group exhibitions, including APOTROPAION, which was presented at 16 Fokionos Negri exhibition space in Athens with the support of The Sotiris Fellios Collection. She is the founder of Karis Studio, a sculpture workshop in the Neos Kosmos borough of Athens, where she works at promoting the exploration of various facets of creativity and material experimentation. In 2022, she received the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation Art Prize. She has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS.
Chain Sling II, 2021, Glazed stoneware clay, tile paint, oxides and pigments, mild steel, 18 x 96 x 28 cm
Lakebed, 2021 (Sculpture, in collaboration with Ileana Arnaoutou), Glazed stoneware clay, ceramic stains, oxides, polyester resin, fiberglass, mild steel, grout, 282 x 123 x 60 cm
Tender shell geophilia (Detail), 2022 (In situ interactive large scale installation, in collaboration with Ileana Arnaoutou), Polyester resin, fiberglass, inox
Tender shell geophilia, 2022 (In situ interactive large scale installation, in collaboration with Ileana Arnaoutou), Polyester resin, fiberglass, inox
Vixen / I am, 2020, Glazed stoneware clay, tile paint, oxides, pigments, 22 x 22 x 4 cm