Which Shelf for the Broken One? What the hoard can teach us about acts of gathering
Zoë Mendelson is an artist and writer. She mostly makes drawing, collage, installation and writes fiction. Mendelson’s research proposes and interprets relationships between architecture, anxiety and storage. Mendelson’s current Wellcome Trust funded project, This Mess is a Place includes large-scale installation, development of a novel, and an edited book collating responses to clutter and collections from thirty contributors. Coinciding with the ‘naming’ of Hoarding Disorder in the DSM-5, it focuses on attachments to stuff/acts of gathering in object-related art practices existing in parallel to ideas around the rationalised or pathological in museology, architecture and psychology. Mendelson lectures at Wimbledon College of Art and is writing up her practice-led PhD at Central Saint Martins.