Penny Slinger

Penny Slinger

Penny Slinger (b. 1947, London, UK) is a Los Angeles-based artist who has been exploring the connection between eroticism, mysticism, feminism, and art for over fifty years. Slinger mined surrealism in the 1960s and 1970s to plumb the depths of the feminine psyche and subconscious. She continues to work in many mediums including collage, photography, drawing, sculpture, and video. Penny Slinger graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 1969, with First class honors. She created her first book, 50%The Visible Woman and exhibited in Young and Fantastic at the Institute of Contemporary Art,1969, followed by solo exhibitions at the Angela Flowers Gallery, London. In 1971 Penny joined Jane Arden’s first all-woman theater troupe in England called Holocaust and performed in the film, The Other Side of the Underneath. During the 1970s Penny worked on the groundbreaking collage series, An Exorcism. It documents a woman’s journey of self-discovery, set in a derelict mansion house. Penny then entered a period of Tantric surrealism and co-authored Sexual Secrets, The Alchemy of Ecstasy, The Secret Dakini Oracle and Mountain Ecstasy. After 15 years in the Caribbean, where she focused her art on the Indigenous Arawak people, she moved to northern California in 1994. She was recently asked to collaborate with Maria Grazia Chuiri in transforming the historic Dior salons for the 2019/20 Autumn Fall Haute Couture collection. Her work has been featured in major exhibitions and museums. She is currently represented by Blum and Poe Gallery (LA/New York/Tokyo), and Richard Saltoun Gallery (London).

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