Rebecca Gould & Lindsey Mendick
with an accompanying text by Rebecca Ounstead
For its inaugural exhibition, PERICLO presented GIRLS, a two-person display of work by Rebecca Gould and Lindsey Mendick. Though they had previously exhibited together, Girls saw Gould and Mendick working alongside each other for the first time, embracing a semi-collaborative process through long distance conversation. Their work retained an individual persona whilst adopting and being influenced by certain elements and nuances from the other's practice, something which became apparent throughout the installation period.
Beyond the superficial, in both Rebecca’s and Lindsey’s work, there are themes relating to sex, gender and domesticity. These themes are represented at varying degrees of clarity across their work and in differing ways but these varying degrees are again complementary. Choosing GIRLS as the title for their duo exhibition, Gould and Mendick wanted to take an ownership of the term ‘girls’; an authority over this loaded term that symbolises much more than gender and sexuality; a friction that alludes to both the similarities and differences in their practices.
Adopting a semi-collaborative making process for GIRLS allowed for some preparation for Rebecca and Lindsey before bringing their work together. This however gave no guarantee that their new work would occupy PERICLO's gallery harmoniously, which falls into line with PERICLO’s aim of promoting risk and experimentation.