Artist Q & A : Lydia Makin | Catharsis in the Flame


Sat Feb 04 2023 at 02:30 pm to 04:00 pm


Studio West | London, EN

STUDIO WEST presents Lydia Makin in conversation with UCL PhD Candidate in History of Art, Cora Chalaby.
About this Event

STUDIO WEST presents Lydia Makin in conversation with UCL PhD Candidate in History of Art, Cora Chalaby.

Taking the form of a walk-around discussion led by Cora Chalaby, the conversation will focus on certain exhibited artworks in turn, using them as jumping off points to explore the thematic and ideological concerns at play in Lydia Makin's work.

The talk will offer unrivalled insight into this exciting contemporary painter's work, touching on her considered use of materials, distinct personal style, personal inspirations and intuitive processes. A central area of exploration will be the relationship between Makin's practice and the legacies of female abstract expressionists both past and present.

Please join us in the gallery on Saturday the 4th of February. The talk will take place from 3-4pm, and questions from the audience will be welcomed throughout. Light refreshments will be provided.


About Cora Chalaby

Cora Chalaby is a PhD Candidate in History of Art at University College London. Her research explores American abstract painting by women artists of the 1960s and 1970s, focussing on the work of Helen Frankenthaler, Alma Thomas and Joan Mitchell. Cora received an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and BA in History of Art from the University of Cambridge. She has been awarded research funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, University College London and Pembroke College, Cambridge University.

Cora has written on American women abstract artists for Art UK, Immediations, Still Point, and Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Blog and has a forthcoming article in the Journal of Contemporary Painting. She has presented her research on women abstract painters at Kettle’s Yard, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the British Association of American Studies Annual Conference.

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