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Zuza Mengham (b. 1989, Cambridge)
Zuza Mengham is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in London. Rooted in a preoccupation with materials and their stories, her work explores the confluence of the recovery of traditional crafts and the creation of new methods of making. The use and manipulation of materials within her work invites questions about the ways in which they are synthesised. Formal arrangements are put under pressure, combining elements that might be expected to oppose one another, so that new associations can materialise. Often sculptural work serves to create a sensorial tie or anchor to ideas of landscape and geologies, both actual and forged. The results have the effect of compacted narratives, merging natural and synthetic elements, both historical and contemporary.
Zuza’s work has included some fascinating commissions, including the crystal she created for FKA Twigs to perform with during her Radiant Me shows and Zuza Mengham x Laboratory Perfumes where she translated the characteristics of five scents into sculptural form for the Conran Shop.