IN-TRA Exhibition - Wednesday 26th November, 7-9pm

“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”- William Faulkner

Contemporary Key are curating an exhibition of work by two talented young artists: Emilie Pugh and Alice von Maltzahn.

The exhibition is taking place at The Asylum, Peckham.

This is a free event! Please RSVP with an email to

We look forward to seeing you there!


‘IN-TRA’ will be the first joint exhibition by Ruskin School of Art graduates Emilie Pugh and Alice von Maltzahn. Both artists have an intense preoccupation with mark making and use drawing and paper at the centre of their practices. The artists explore the properties of their chosen materials, pushing these to their limits and reconfiguring the existing forms through cutting, burning and sewing. The complexity of technique contrasts with the purity of forms produced, which results in a meditative feel and forms a dialogue between material, process and technique. The inherent voids and tensions emphasise the nature of the materials used and create a depository of layered emotion in the fluid, interchangeable forms.

Emilie Pugh’s detailed mindscapes and intricate incense drawings attempt to map her thoughts and internal landscapes. Similarly, Alice von Maltzahn’s complex paper constructions and cut-outs result from detailed evaluation of the properties and inherent strength of paper, paradoxically creating growing forms through reductive techniques.

Both Pugh and von Maltzahn’s works demonstrate days, weeks, and months of concentration and perseverance. The resulting works hum and vibrate with both a literal and illusionary energy. ‘IN-TRA’ invites the audience to question the delicacy of the medium as well as the intricate practice involved in creating a contemplative and energetic display of emotion.

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