Emma Witter’s inaugural solo exhibition at Bosse & Baum combines her recent sculptures with selected works by renowned British artist Eileen Agar (1899 – 1991). Tender Resurrection embodies an imagined dreamscape where memory, mythology and materiality weave wonder into the realm of daily existence.

Celebrated as one of the most prolific and influential artists of the 20th century, Eileen Agar vehemently referred to herself as a Surrealist artist with a lowercase ‘s’. She worked and exhibited alongside the likes of Pablo Picasso, André Breton, Max Ernst and Lee Miller, and became one of the few women featured in the iconic International Surrealist Exhibition in 1936 in London. The exhibition Tender Resurrection brings together Eileen Agar’s works on paper to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Surrealism with the publication of the First Surrealist Manifesto by André Breton in 1924. Drawn to nature as a constant point of departure, Agar’s work dances between abstraction and Surrealism, juxtaposing mementos from her beachcombing adventures with organic and geometric forms in perpetual transition between the figurative and abstract. Her work Dancers, 1941 offers a dynamic cubist frottage of femininity, while Three Figures combines organic forms found in nature with bodies jutting at geometric angles.

Emma Witter cites Agar’s reverence for nature, use of found marine objects and unorthodox juxtapositions as a profound influence on her own work. Working predominantly with biomass salvaged from restaurants, butchers and the River Thames, Witter extracts a forgotten beauty and wonder from organic materials such as bone. This harks back to the idea of repair, as bone has been used widely as an industrial by-product throughout history. In her hands, eggshell, bone and coral become goblets in Ostrich egg goblets, 2023, masks Masks, 2023 and bouquets in Trade Bodies, 2023, offering discarded objects a tender resurrection. Juxtaposed with Agar’s intimate, vibrant ruminations on femininity and the natural world, Witter’s sculptures imagine bodies as crumbling castles – a meditation on what new structures might be with the bricks and scaffolding we leave behind.

Tender Resurrection stitches British Surrealism with contemporary biophilic sculpture, intertwining Agar’s ruminations on the subconscious and organic with Witter’s alchemic sensibilities. Amongst Agar’s works on paper and Witter’s delicate sculptures, the gallery invites the viewer to enter the space to experience a tender reverie of transience and to recall the transformative power of Agar’s “womb-magic” an energetic “feminine type of imagination.”

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