Prentis' practice straddles many mediums; paintings act as blueprints for sculptures, performances, video-art, ceramics and installations. The process is open ended and experimental, inviting elements of risk and jeopardy in the action of making/performing. 

 

Ceramics are of particular interest in her current body of work. The potential of exploding sculptures during firing resonates with the anticipation and adrenaline of performance. Performances are never rehearsed and ceramics and paintings are never sketched- working and reacting to the material or environment in an intuitive way is important and vital for the work's development.

 

Her practice digests ideas of dominance, power play, gender expectation and patriarchy in heterosexual encounters. Drawing directly from her own experiences, Prentis encourages a wider discourse surrounding sex: consent, sex related behaviours and the importance of female pleasure. 

Choosing performance as a way to realise her sculptural works, she explores her struggle with the static nature of sculpture as a medium (often recruiting the audience to participate in these performances.) This process can be tied to her painting style, working with big canvas requires an active connection to the making process, becoming highly performative in its making stage which can be seen in the energetic mark making and gestural strokes. 

Prentis (B.1993) graduated from Chelsea College of Arts in 2016. 

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The serpent said swallow, 2021.