Damaris Athene graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2015 and explores the corporeality and the human form, focusing on painting and starting to include digital print and sculpture. Athene is occupied by Julia Kristeva’s writings on the abject, playing with the push and pull of seduction and disgust she speaks of to confront mortality and the notion of our bodies as pure matter. Athene’s work often renders the body unrecognisable, re-appropriating images from medicine, vastly changing scale or digitally manipulating body parts. ‘Cheer Up Love’ is a departure into figuration, reflecting an urgent desire to speak about the portrayal of female bodies, spurred on by research on abjection, reading feminist texts and watching #metoo unfold.
Athene was shortlisted for the Hans Brinker Painting Prize in Amsterdam in 2014 and was selected for the Clyde and Co Art Award in 2015. In 2017 Athene was selected for ‘Platform for Emerging Arts #15’ at the Leyden Gallery in London and held her first solo show. In 2018 she had a solo show, ‘I Shall Walk Softly There’, at Wigan S.T.E.A.M and was selected for the BEEP Painting Prize.