Candida Powell-Williams

Candida Powell-Williams (b. 1984, London) lives and works in London. She creates installations which play with the relationship between sculpture, live performance and animation. Her research–based and process led sculptural practice is guided by questions about human attempts to understand ourselves within the chaotic universe through the connection between the materiality of objects, action and belief with a particular interest in notions of spiritualism and power, encryption and symbolism. Often CPW’s sculptural landscapes are a response to researching the slippage that occurs to the meaning of historical artefacts over time, aiming to confront our relationship to memory and storytelling.


Using a range of materials and textures CPW references the shifting meaning of symbols from architecture to talisman, rendering them physical in modular, emblematic forms or prop-like sculptures akin to drawing and characterised by their wobbly geometry, apparently dissolving edges and the intimacy of the handmade. Fabricated in sweet gradients of pinks, purples, yellows and greens, the colours and surfaces coalesce to appear like disneyfied relics.

Sculptures come together in theatrical staging’s animated with fleeting performances exploring gesture, touch and the threshold between our bodies, external environment and kinship to the animal kingdom. These interactions are documented in stuttering layered animations permeating the work with notions of time, presence and absence and addressing the changing nature of sculpture, performance and storytelling in the digital age.


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