Dr Zoë Mendelson is an artist and writer with a multimedia collagist practice, using collation as a methodological framework for creating networks between psychoanalytic theory, psychotherapeutic practice, spatial theory, Fine Art and critical practice. She mostly makes installation, drawing, collage, animation, performance and writes fiction. Zoë’s work has been widely exhibited internationally and she speaks/performs regularly at conferences and symposia. Her recent PhD, at Central Saint Martins, was titled ‘Psychologies and Spaces of Accumulation: The hoard as collagist methodology (and other stories)’. This research locates and spatialises systematised archiving alongside seemingly pathological object relations, and includes relationships drawn between urban space and wellness.
A recent project, supported by Wellcome Trust and produced by Artsadmin, titled ‘This Mess is a Place’, was timed to coincide with the DSM-5’s inclusion of Hoarding Disorder and focuses on the psychopathology of hoarding at its intersection with rationalised collection. The accompanying 200-page edited publication included 30 international contributors from diverse fields. Zoë’s research engages disorder as a culturally produced phenomenon, in parallel to its clinical counterpart, suggesting its value to knowledge production within Fine Art and critical theory. Zoë was recently a selected member of the AHRC and Wellcome-funded New Generations Programme for Early Career Researchers in the Medical Humanities at the University of Durham.
Zoë is Pathway Leader for BA Fine Art, Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts and can be contacted at: