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Mimi Winsor ‘Grinding the Wind’

Emerging Artist Mimi Winsor presents a new commission ‘Grinding the Wind’ during Frieze week on the historic site of Millbank prison, at Chelsea College of Art and Design, after graduating earlier this year with a multi-award winning degree show.
 
Sculptor and inventor Mimi Winsor has been commissioned to create a large-scale work for the Rootstien Hopkins Parade Ground, opposite Tate Britain, following the success of her Chelsea degree show, where she was awarded both the ‘This is This’ Commission and the Ovalhouse Award.
 
The overall commission comprises funds to make the work provided by James White Studio Space, ACAVA studios Mentoring, Susan Mumford , Be Smart About Art Parade Ground Space and Chelsea College of Art & Design.
 
Now returning to Chelsea, Winsor presents a new sculptural invention titled ‘Grinding the wind’ for the ‘This is This’ commission 2013. As visitors enter the cobbled courtyard of Chelsea Art School, built on the former site of Millbank Prison, they will be confronted by an absurd contraption. Taking inspiration from the Victorian penal system, Winsor has designed a striking mechanical sculpture that will be propelled by ‘prisoners’ winding its mechanism during live performances. Whether you encounter the device during activation or at rest it will be an intriguing sight, a contemporary artwork that echoes the courtyard’s dark past.
 
Art Collector Anita Zabludowicz hailed her degree show as ‘An ambitious Willie Wonka and the chocolate factory meets Roxy Paine scenario’. The piece titled ‘Squeeze, Pinch, Stretch, Role, Dollop and Extrude’ utilised 1 tonne of playdough, that was squashed into various machines invented and built by Winsor. These contraptions explored the playdough’s mass in a playful and often humorous manner through the dance of mishaps that unfolded during live performances.
 
Winsor’s work to date orchestrates a playful encounter for the viewer in the crossover between contemporary art and theatre. Absurd in their conception, her installations are both humorous and delightfully ridiculous. Seemingly purposeful machines carry out pointless tasks, creating a new process based sculpture live in the space.
 
Winsor’s previous work includes commissions for the Discovery Channel, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital and Frontier Economics. She has a solo show next year at Ovalhouse.
 
‘Grinding the Wind’ opens during Frieze week and runs from 17th October – 3rd November 2013 in The Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (opposite Tate Britain). The Private View will be on the 17th October (6pm -7:30pm) with performances at 6pm and 7pm. After the private view, performances will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30am and 2pm from 17th October – 3rd November.
 
For Further information about this exhibition please email studio@mimiwinsor.com or visit www.mimiwinsor.com