Bex Ilsley (b.1988, Gravesend) lives and works in Liverpool, whose current practice explores the constructs of body and personality in virtual space, questioning the authenticity of constructs in comparison to the ways in which they manifest in physical space. Striving to respond to concepts related to representation on social media, performative existence and voluntary object-hood, Ilsley explores ideas of ethics, fantasy and paradox whilst using cyberspace as a refuge from a wobbly wider reality. Aiming to create depictions of the self and the Other which twist in and out of the real and the virtual, the artificial and the authentic, progressing through journeys of discovery, only to end up where they began, Ilsely's interests lie in artificial materials and amorphous forms due to their reflective nature with regard to experiences and ideas.
Ilsley graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2016 and was one of the 2016 Woon Art Prize winners. Exhibitions include: The New Flesh, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2015), Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize, BALTIC39, Newcastle (2016) and the Recent Graduates exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London (2016) and will present her debut solo exhibition at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery in 2017. Ilsley’s work has reached an international audience and has been acquired into the collections of Miley Cyrus, and Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips).
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