Les yeux s’ouvrent
29 February 2020 - 16 May 2020
Collective openings: 29 February & 1 March 2020, 11am-5pm
Hipkiss is the collective pseudonym of Alpha and Christopher Mason (both born in 1964), who have been working together since their meeting in London in the early 1980s, when both were leading small animal rights’ groups. British by birth, they have lived in France since 2001 and consider themselves Anglo-French.
Fascinated by the geographical meeting of the urban and rural, the couple have lived in small villages or countryside since the early 1990s while drawing inspiration from cities and hinterlands. They have been keen ornithologists since childhood, and a connection with birdlife is evident from the earliest stages of Hipkiss’ career. Botany and entomology, and the work of some of the early illustrators and photographers within these fields – for example Anne Atkins, Robert Hooke, Elizabeth Blackwell, Maria Merian and Karl Blossfeldt – are long-standing interests that have more recently become overt within the artists’ practice.