[VISITING ARTIST] Chargers (2018, acrylic on canvas)

This lyrical figurative painting represents a rare departure for Pipsinella from her more austerely contemporary conceptual work. Rich colours and dense composition evoke medieval tapestry, while the two heavy horses depicted in motion across the canvas hint at the power and drama of the vanished age of chivalry. And yet the painter’s vantage point, well below the sightlines of the mounted knights, adds a note of warning, positioning us as it does among the footsoldiers at risk of being trampled by these heavily-armoured members of the aristocratic elite.

At once evocative, romantic and yet committed to a critical analysis of the class structures obscured within our national myths, Chargers represents a powerful new direction for this promising artist.