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How Much Love Can a Love Bird Love

3 September 2021 to 2 October 2021

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Alison Jacques is delighted to announce, ‘How Much Love Can a Love Bird Love, Can a Love Bird Love a Love Bird’, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Sophie Barber (b. 1996, St Leonards-on-Sea, UK) and the artist’s inaugural show at the gallery. The exhibition follows Barber’s solo show at Goldsmiths CCA, London (2020), curated by Sarah McCrory. This outstanding exhibition will take place from September 3rd to October 2nd this year.

Barber’s chosen title began life as an innocuous entry in the artist’s internet search history. Contrary to popular belief, lovebird parrots do not die when separated, although the strength of their connection is heartening. This reconstituted tongue twister touches upon the unseen relationship between each of Barber’s subjects. Beneath the oil, these are paintings about affection, attraction, memory and love. ‘To do this’, Barber says of her practice and of painting more broadly, ‘there has to be a level of obsession with an image. You have to be obsessed.’

Indeed, Barber’s work is less concerned with the practice of painting than the process that brings it to life. The sole constant across Barber’s paintings is Barber herself, at the centre of the flow as the images of the world wash over her.

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