Interview Textile artist Daisy May Collingridge
Kennedy first discovered the London-based artist Daisy May Collingridge online. He says: “I was initially introduced to Daisy’s work through Instagram, which has been an important tool for us in connecting with artists from across the globe. What first struck me about her work was the way her sculptures immediately reflect an unusual force of personality and skill, both of which Daisy holds in spades. Her gentle and warm approach to her practice and the way that people interact with her touchable, squishy universe is a breath of fresh air in an often impervious and rigid contemporary art world.”
Collingridge says: “My practice is materials led. Experimenting with the possibilities of cloth gets me excited. My current favourite works are the 16th-century anatomical illustrations of Andreas Vesalius. There is a weird juxtaposition of morbid subject matter that’s depicted in an animated way to make the corpses appear alive. They are also beautifully drawn.
“I also draw inspiration from choreographers like Pina Bausch and Yoann Bourgeois. I love the way bodies connect and interact in movement pieces.”
Kennedy adds: “Daisy’s work explores the universal want for human closeness during a time when human connection is so drastically lacking; her works offer a sense of familiarity and comfort. At the heart of Unit London has always been the commitment to bringing people together, and working with Daisy to achieve this has been an immense honour. I can only await in anticipation for everything that she is yet to accomplish.”
Collingridge’s work can next be seen in the group show ‘Fragments’, presented by Subtitle Labs at the Omer Tiroche Gallery, from September 8 until October 5. She will also be revealing a short film that she made in collaboration with director Isabelle Garrett, supported by the Sarabande Foundation, which was set up by the late Lee Alexander McQueen. She says: “We have worked together on different projects for a number of years but it is really exciting to create this film, which is a collision of our two universes.”
About the champion
As one of the youngest gallerists in the game when he co-founded Unit London at the age of 22, Joe Kennedy is committed to understanding and delivering what the future art market is demanding. Since launching Unit London’s Mayfair space in 2018, Kennedy and co-founder Jonny Burt have worked with artists including Sthenjwa Luthuli, Suchitra Mattai, Barti Kher, and curators such as David Anfam, Azu Nwagbogu and our former Monday Muses Aindrea Emelife and Fru Tholstrup.