French artist Annette Messager has always rejected working in one medium alone. In a recent interview with the Financial Times, she recalled how an older French male artist advised her to do the same thing over and over again. “I always wanted to mix together photographs, drawings, embroidery, collage, because I think we don’t have one identity but a lot of identities,” she told her interviewer. “So I said: ‘Non, I will do exactly the opposite!’” Nowhere is this more apparent than in her new show at Marian Goodman Gallery. A recipient of the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2005, this is Messager’s first London show since her exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in 2009. Expect to see oversized pieces of household detritus hanging from the ceiling, surprisingly minimalist black triangles, and drawings of what her press release describes as “effervescent and vengeful uteruses”.
Image: Papier peint Utérus (Wallpaper Uterus), 2017. Copyright Annette Messager. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris & London