By subverting and deconstructing the conventional uses of chosen objects, Poppy Whatmore transforms everyday objects into animated anthropomorphic or zoomorphic forms. Her methodological approach includes assemblage, a technique she employs to re-configure conventional forms into surprising and playful arrangements, portraying the flaws and failures of the human condition.
Whatmore appropriates DIY methods with an alternative slant using absurd mechanisms for fixings and means of assemblage, juxtaposing a constructive process against the means of taking things apart, namely the constructive antithesis, deconstruction.
By cutting things up and creating fractured parts of familiar objects, Whatmore displaces the viewer from the original sense of order and composition for objects. A language is created with damaged or broken objects that mark or demonstrate a suggested narrative. These narratives combine the documentation and re-framing of objects generated by, or in response to actual events, creating an orchestrated disorder which plays with the notion of conveyed meaning.
Through this work, Whatmore explores the relationship between the object and its documentation and investigates how the process of documentation can redefine the nature, experience and reading of an object.
Artwork achievements include an award for the Arts and Humanities Research Council Award from 2010 to 2012, Aesthetica Art Prize, 2013; nomination for Adrian Carruthers Studio Award, 2012, and commendation for SculptureShock, Royal British Sculptors, 2012. Selected exhibitions include New Contempories 2011-2012 (works chosen for Saatchi Gallery’s Public Collection); Academy Now, 2013, Collyer Bristow Gallery, 2013, Exchange Project, funded by Arts Council A.P.T, London, 2013 and London Art Fair, 2013 (Limoncello Gallery stand).