International Women's Day

International Women's Day

6 editions in 6 days, curated by Gemma Rolls-Bentley

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To coincide with International Women's Day 2022, Avant Arte Chief Curator Gemma Rolls-Bentley draws together works from an all-female group of new and returning collaborators: Jessie Makinson, Stickymonger, Arghavan Khosravi, Esiri Erheriene-Essi, Super Future Kid and Antonia Showering.

This week of editions offers collectors a rich and varied group of practices – each artist absolutely amazing in their own right. 2022 marks an exciting year for all of them.

Gemma Rolls-Bentley

Spanning print debuts, 3D assemblage and a multitude of innovative techniques, mediums and materials, from Monday 7th to Saturday 12th March a new edition will be released every day. Read on to discover the works.

Jessie Makinson

London-based artist Jessie Makinson paints carnivalesque visions of otherworldly pleasure, subverting tropes of ‘devious’ womanhood.

Jessie Makinson in a green jumper, seated in front of a large painting in her London studio
Jessie Makinson inspecting her print with yellow-painted fingernails

Stay here while I get a curse

Stay here while I get a curse, the artist's first ever print edition, presents a surreal reimagining of a Tudor bedroom. Power and sensuality flow between the collection of characters, rendered in a dream-like dusky palette in various states of undress.

I am interested in clothes having no relation to modesty or function.

Jessie Makinson


In surreal snippets from her internal cinema, Brooklyn-based artist Stickymonger captures the quiet beauty of daily life.

Stickymonger working on two canvases, one round and one square
paint-splattered equipment and an array of canvases in Stickmonger's studio

Sweet Junkfood

Finished with neon and holographic details, Sweet Junkfood centres on one of the artist’s signature manga-esque characters in a candid moment of leisure.

I want to capture the never-ending moments and feelings that inspire me.


Arghavan Khosravi

Rich with symbolism, New York-based artist Arghavan Khosravi’s multilayered artworks draw upon personal experience to explore diasporic identity.

Arghavan Khosravi painting the side of a shaped canvas from behind
Arghavan Khosravi adding shadows to a vibrant pink painting

The Morning Light

In recent years Khosravi began working with found objects, juxtaposing the flat plane of her canvases with intricate 3-dimensional assemblage. Our debut collaboration explores this practice in edition form, combining an archival pigment print with a book, leather cord and air-brushed details.

I liked the idea of juxtaposing a three-dimensional object and a painted two-dimensional image of the same object.

Arghavan Khosravi

Esiri Erheriene-Essi

In vibrant artworks inspired by vintage photographs, Amsterdam-based painter Esiri Erheriene-Essi captures intimate vignettes of domestic Black life.

Esiri Erheriene-Essi in front of four vibrant paintings in her studio
four paintings on the wall of Esiri Erheriene-Essi's studio

And All of My Friends Were There

With 8 of 13 silkscreen layers individually hand-painted specially for the edition, Erheriene-Essi's first ever print release draws focus to oft-overlooked everyday moments. These moments hold the essence of collective power and social change that the artist channels throughout her practice.

It’s the greatness of these people who are just living their lives.

Esiri Erheriene-Essi

Super Future Kid

London-based artist Super Future Kid invites viewers to join her in nostalgic, high-saturation fantasies.

Super Future Kid sitting on a colourful foam matt, finishing a painting
a flower shaped painting by Super Future Kid, photographed in her studio

I beg your Garden

I beg your Garden sees the artist in an alternate reality, confronting a snail who has begun eating one of the flowers from her bouquet. Populated with plants, animals, rocks and mountains, the surrounding scene resists clear subtext in favour of an overriding atmosphere of calmness and optimism.

I like to play with objects that relate to nature or that come from my own environment. I don’t want to dictate too much how to read the objects and motifs as symbols for any specific ideas.

Super Future Kid

Antonia Showering

London-based painter Antonia Showering layers soft-edged recollections on canvas to create intimate landscapes of love.

Antonia Showering sketching on the floor next to her dog
Antonia Showering inspecting a green and orange painting in her studio


Siblings reprises an original painting centred on a pair of figures and realised in the artist’s distinctive, soothingly naturalistic palette. Each print from the edition of 35 is finished with hand-torn edges and silkscreen varnish details.

No memory is singular. I think the more information you learn, the more every other memory you have stored is at peril of shifting and morphing.

Antonia Showering


Studio images by Lucy Emms (Jessie Makinson), James Chororos (Stickymonger, Arghavan Khosravi), Tobias Karlsson (Esiri Erheriene-Essi), Ben Westoby (Super Future Kid) and Jake Gillers (Antonia Showering).

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