Body Language | Polly Penrose, Camilla Hanney & Paloma Tendero



In October 2022, Messum’s Wiltshire devoted its spaces to contemporary female artists. Each makes work centring around the body, using either their own or other bodies to reflect upon ideas around power, pleasure, and disgust. All of these women has interrogated the nature of flesh – abstracting it into sculpture, focusing on its surface or recreating it from porcelain. They ask the viewer to think about the female form and the politics of the gaze. Bodies are presented as objects or even deconstructed, far removed from the idealised nudes of previous generations. The body becomes a painful vessel or a tool – something to be used and viewed rather than admired or sexualised. These works question women’s roles – as makers, mothers, subjects, objects, lovers, to name but a few.



Paloma Tendero

[ 1988
- Present ]
Paloma Tendero (b.1988) is a visual artist that works across photography and sculpture, exploring themes around genetic inheritance, hereditary illness, identity, and cycles of life. She was born in Spain, where she graduated with BA (Hons) in Fine Arts at Complutense University in Madrid. Following that, she graduated with MA in Photography at London College of Communication.

Camilla Hanney

[ 1992
- Present ]
Camilla Hanney (b. 1992) is an Irish artist living and working in London. She is a Graduate of Goldsmiths University Masters of Fine Art programme (2017-2019) and also Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (Visual Arts Practice 2010-2015). Since moving to London, her work has been exhibited by a diverse range of galleries including the South London Gallery.

Polly Penrose

- Present ]
Polly Penrose studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts in London. She went on to work in Fashion Styling and after that worked for the photographer Tim Walker. She has always taken photographs, but started to take the practice seriously when she entered and won a competition held by the London Photographic Association in 2008. 

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