Zsófia Jakab: “Beckoning”

19 January - 08 February 2018

Zsófia Jakab is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is closely informed by research into narrative, art history and folklore. A large body of her artwork to date directly engages with the legacies of Louise Bourgeois, exploring the iconography of the spider and the fairy tale practice of spinning.

Originally from Hungary, Jakab recently graduated with an MFA with Distinction from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee.

For her first solo show, Jakab will be shown alongside mid-career artists in whose work she has sought particular nourishment, especially Tessa Farmer and Eleanor Morgan. A portrait of Jakab by Chloe Briggs will also tease out and query notions of artistic identity. Artwork by Bourgeois, meanwhile, may be necessarily absent.

The term “beckoning” has been borrowed from Mieke Bal’s study Louise Bourgeois: The Architecture of Art Writing (2001) as a way of characterising Jakab’s encounter with her forbearers. An interpretation text by the Hungarian cultural historian Anna Kérchy will accompany this exhibition.


Opening night: Thursday 18 January 5-7pm
Free entry. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. 

Image: Zsofia Jakab, Spinning Wheel, 2017. Wood, wax, steel, thread. Image reproduced with kind permission of the artist. Photo: Gordon Mackenzie. 

  • 19 January - 08 February 2018
  • The Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, LS2 9AQ (Get Directions)