Freya Pocklington’s work presents curious combinations of dogs and other creatures, from insects to walking sausages, interacting in unusual scenarios where scale and species are seamlessly disregarded. Pocklington’s evocation of ‘personality’ in her subjects is accurately observed, capturing the imagined attitudes that we insistently project onto animals and objects. The oddly human traits displayed are humorous in her carefully staged scenes, but also darkly troubling.
The artist relates her unlikely cast of characters to a broader social drive, which tempers animalistic urges in favour of social conditioning. The artist queries the benefits accorded to those who obey mechanisms of social control as opposed to those who adopt a marginal existence because of unconventional behaviour. In concert with these interests, Pocklington draws upon the specific internal logic of self-contained worlds from such diverse sources as the music video Wiley’s Rolex (2008) and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932).
Freya Pocklington completed her BA in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art (2006) and her MA in Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art (2009). She has received residencies from The Royal Scottish Academy (2006), Scottish Arts Council (2007), Chichester Cathedral (2010), The Florence Trust (2011) and Somerset House (2014). She has exhibited in exhibitions in the UK and abroad including: The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Art Below for Frieze Art Fair, BITE: Artists Making Prints, Art Amsterdam, Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary and The Royal Scottish Academy. Pocklington is interested in project work including an Arts Council England Project at Maggs Bros and The Library of Lost Books Project. She has won a number of prestigious awards including John Kinross Travelling Scholarship to Florence (RSA) and The James Cumming Award for Draughtsmanship (ECA). Her work is well received by the press with articles in Elephant Magazine, BBC News online, Country Life, Printmaking Today, Wall Street International Magazine, The Week, Platform 505 and London Loves. She is a lecturer and tutor at Arts University Bournemouth, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital and West Dean College.