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Detangling The MBS

Detangling The MBS
Josephine Chime

Zone 7

One Hoopers Court, SW3






‘Detangling The MBS’ is a mixed media sculpture, a response to the confining narratives and contradicting messages of how women should present themselves. Chime’s practice delves into skewing the dominant notion of aesthetic goals, pulling from ancestral symbolic practices and pictographic messages to inform new female forms that transgress what is socially desirable.

MBS means mind, body and soul. Detangling The MBS is a call to service oneself, to create a flow of healthy self-reflection which may enact change. Detangling The MBS speaks of action, a constant action to become a version of yourself that can recognise the myriad of life’s offerings and self-worth. Starting with the self to loosen the knots found in the heart, the muscles and psyche it is a monumental step in feeling free from life’s expectations and societal constraints.

Stuffed bulbous and warped forms reflect body parts, they are bound with rope on top of an engraved dark looming comb, speaking on the pressure to control the natural form and rhythms of the human vessel. Chime’s practice delves into transgressing ideas of accepted beauty through the deconstruction of the body. The strong cord that connects her work is the visual analysis on the onslaught of female homogeneous images and how technology shapes the vision and ideals of what is desirable. “I see our skin holds the story of the body like etched hieroglyphics, instead of silencing the story my intention is to it is amplified via intricate patterns, bold colours and textured shapes inspired by ancestral rituals and traditions.” - comments Chime.

Her creative practice moves between art and design, teaming with industry clients creating installations, products and illustrations for Gilles Peterson, Boiler Room, Havana Club, Meta and British Council.

This installation is supported by the Knightsbridge Estate and Knightsbridge Partnership.

One Hoopers Court
Knightsbridge Underground Station
Open 24/7


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29.7 x 42.0cm. Edition of 40, 2023

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