PIP RYAN . EXHIBITIONS AT STOCKROOM
Pick it till it Bleeds
Growing up, Pip Ryan invented fictitious animals and hypothetical situations, using hybrid
creatures she had imagined. Her scenarios were usually darkly comical, inserting imaginary
beasts into unusual and bizarre circumstances. These days, implanting colourful beings in
absurd scenarios are still very much part of her focus. Her work presents a multitude of fictional
characters including animals, disembodied figures and mythical beasts that cascade down a
labyrinth of disturbing and gagging imagery.
'Pick it till it Bleeds' is a new series of works on paper and sculptures by Ryan. Using fleshy forms
and imagined creatures, the show engages ideas of humour, irony and the absurd to examine
states of anxiety, itches that can’t be scratched, and wounds that are persistently interrupted by
picking. Playful fluid forms and upturned heads offer titillating insights into Ryan’s psyche and
her compulsion to be excited by the abject.