I M P E R F E C T I O N
3D Viewing Room
Featuring over 30 works, this exhibition brings together a selection of important sculptures from the past decade, as well as a number of works from her new series in stone, created during the long weeks of self- isolation in lockdown and presented here for the first time; Scarred, Fractured and Hope.
For Zeloof, lockdown been an opportunity for looking within and reminiscing over a substantial body of work created since 2017. Curated together with Diba Art Gallery, the works presented in IMPERFECTION demonstrate both, Zeloof’s progression as a sculptor, and the vast array of mediums deployed by her, including bronze and glass, as well as hand sculpted and polished works in stone – the latter in a myriad of colours and variety, from ethereal alabaster to darkest black steatite.
Zeloof’s figurative works are often described as ‘subconscious self-portraits’ and this has perhaps never been more so than in the shifting emotional and psychological states rendered in the sculptures of Five Black Rocks. These new works have an intense introspection and sense of dialogue with form and medium which is shared by so much of Zeloof’s work, including the tryptic, ‘Me, Us and Them’ and ‘Mountain Profile’.
Zeloof’s work is deeply influenced by yoga, a practice which inspired her exploration of the human body through sculpture. Her Movement and New Movement series portray figures cast in yogic poses, whilst monumental faces reference the mental clarity and serenity achieved through practising mindfulness. In the artist’s own words, “Just like practising yoga, when I sculpt, I listen to the medium, never forcing it into shapes and images, but instead working with it to discover its possibilities and limitations.”
Despite turning her hand to sculpture later in life, Zeloof continues to defy conventions about what it is to be a woman in ‘Third Age’, conquering the 21st century. In the context of an art-world saturated with youth and graduate shows, it is refreshing to see a woman in her seventies take centre stage with such vigour and aplomb, creating work full of energy and rich with life experiences.