Ismene King

King Ismene

Born in Athens in 1993, she studied at the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (2011-2014). She furthered her studies in London, at the Slade School of Fine Art, where she graduated with an MFA in Sculpture (2015-2017). There, she received the Jeanne Szego Award (2017). In 2022, she received the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation Art Prize. She has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS. Her current practice involves sculpture, ceramics, drawing and cooking. Alongside her solo work, since 2019 she has been collaborating with Ileana Arnaoutou. She lives and works in Athens.


Solo Exhibitions


I will hold you forever. Or till everyone leaves the room Duo presentation with Ileana Arnaoutou Alkinois Athens


All the sticks, spears and swords, blades entwined Duo presentation with Ileana Arnaoutou Callirrhoë Athens


Tender Shell Geophilia Duo presentation with Ileana Arnaoutou G&A Mamidakis Foundation, Minos Beach art hotel Crete


Encounters in wreath-knot-chain formations Breeder Gallery Athens


MENU MEME Gallery Athens


‘Play’ becomes a potent condition, within which Ismene King creates a series of works that explore thoughts around embodied relationality, kinship, vulnerability and self-encountering. Departing from existing structures of entanglement and binding, such as wreaths, knots and rigging equipment, Ismene creates hybrid ceramic clusters, oscillating between symbolic ornaments, ‘eel/snakes’ – figures often explored in her practice – and operational apparatuses.

The ‘eel/snake’ is a fictional crossbreed of animalistic features and sculptural markings. It becomes a sphere of exploration, both in regards to reflecting personal narratives and elements of femininity, as well as in regards to morphological research. Its various ways of movement, organic or modular, are re-articulated into a ‘code’ of interlocking elements. These become dynamic systems, simultaneously anchors and points of departure for expansive networks of relation, support and recurrence.

*Excerpt from the exhibition’s text, “Encounters in wreath-knot-chain formations”. Breeder, Athens 2021.