Norwich Artist Pinch Unveils Debut Solo Exhibition “Homebody” after M.E diagnosis

Norwich artist Lauren “Pinch” Pincher is set to debut their first solo exhibition titled “Homebody,” an introspective exploration of the concept of home, at the Anteros Arts main gallery from May 28th to June 9th, 2024.

“Homebody” delves into the multifaceted notion of home, dissecting it into three distinct themes: Physical Space, Interpersonal Connections, and connection with The Self. Through a collection of figurative paintings and drawings, Pinch seeks to unravel the complexities of what constitutes home in an era marked by transience and globalisation.

Having practiced as a fine artist for a decade, Pinch’s journey to this solo exhibition has been one of resilience and determination. “I left my stable and secure job because I wasn’t happy not being able to be creative,” Pinch reveals. “I was told by doctors working in my current job was not sustainable for my health and I’d just get worse if I carried on. I was extremely frustrated – I’m the sort of person who can’t sit still and loves to be busy but the very nature of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E/C.F.S) meant resting and going slow was the only way to potentially improve my condition. 

“Art is a remedy, giving me something to focus on and express my frustrations while also soothing me and helping me sit peacefully with my thoughts. When I’m painting is the only time my mind is totally quiet.”

Pinch’s decision to pursue art full-time in October 2022, despite the onset of a cost-of-living crisis, underscores their unwavering commitment to their craft. Described by the Yelling At Concrete podcast as a “Compulsively Creative” person, Pinch’s journey exemplifies the courage to pursue one’s passion in the face of adversity.

 

The confidence to stage their first solo show was buoyed by Pinch’s role as co-curator and organiser of “Emerge,” an art show dedicated to showcasing unrepresented artistic talent across Norfolk and Suffolk. “I took the leap of faith to pursue art in a ‘Now or never’ stage of my life,” Pinch reflects. “I’m extremely thankful it’s paid off so far.”

“Homebody” promises to offer viewers a profound and thought-provoking experience, inviting them to reflect on their own understanding of home. The exhibition will be open seven days a week at the Anteros Arts main gallery, located at 11-15 Fye Bridge St, Norwich NR3 1LJ.

For inquiries, contact hello@pincher.co.uk.

 

 Event Details:

 “Homebody” by Pinch (Main Gallery)

Anteros Arts, 11-15 Fye Bridge St, Norwich NR3 1LJ

May 28th – June 9th, 2024

Open 7 days a week – https://www.anterosfoundation.com/

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