May Hands, (b.1990, Brighton) is an artist based in Brighton. Her practice is an investigation into how the affordances and resistances of material has created and evolved the various technologies and languages that we have today. She documents and collects materials from her daily environment, both synthetic and natural, layering together to create sensory experiences. These collected urban and natural debris are interwoven together through various methods of making and presentation. She celebrates and reveals qualities and new identities of the materials she works with, reflecting upon seasonal cycles, sensuality and the inherently curated aspect of our everyday consumption and desires.
May Hands graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths in 2020 and a BA in Fine Art Painting from Camberwell College of Art (UAL) in 2013.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Best before end, White Crypt, London (2019), May Hands: Artist-in-Residence, Bosse & Baum, London (2018), I’ve Loved You For a Long Time, Supplement, London (2018), Freschissimi, T293, Rome (2015) and Bleach, Roman Road, London (2015). Selected group shows include: Chrysalis, Wimbledon Space, London (2020), The Real Thing, Fashion Space Gallery, London (2020), The romance of flowers, Kingsgate Project Space, London (2018), SURPLUS, The Café, hosted at Peak, London (2018), Counter Quality, 650mAh, Brighton (2018), On Cold Spring Lane, Assembly Point, London (2017), Sell Yourself, East Street Arts, Leeds (2017), Maybe your lens is scratched? The Averard Hotel, London (2016), Not Every Thread Ties Down/ Your Split Ends Are Showing? DKUK, London (2016), Women’s Art Society II, MOSTYN, Llandudno (2015).