Kira Freije (b. 1985, London) is a London-based artist who graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London in 2016 after completing her BA in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at University of Oxford in 2011. Using metal, fabric, silkscreened images and found materials, Freije makes materially rich but austere sculptures that explore surreal or exaggerated narrative situations driven by empathy. In the artist’s own words, “We share the potential for murderous intent, we can become hysterical… or paranoid, jealous, sacrificial, promiscuous, elated, erratic, monastic…” The sculptures are figurative symbols even when they do not appear as literal figures. They represent the human capacity to love and to hate, asking whether it is possible to be a good or a bad person. By making physical that which is inherently closeted, these works reveal themselves to be guilt-ridden, anxiety-driven, sometimes-happy contradictions. In other words, just the same as me and you and them. Recent exhibitions include: God’s Finger, Kinman Gallery, London (2016); Our Tongues Are The Replaceable Filaments (solo), Occidental Temporary, Paris (2016); The rose is without a “why”. It blooms because it blooms, Carl Freedman Gallery, London (2016); Royal Academy Schools Degree Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2016); All About My Mother, The Keepers Studio, Royal Academy, London; Chimp Cracks Nut (To What Extent Is It Asking a Question), Kennington Residency, London (2015); Yesterday Night, Rowhill Mansions, London; Testing Tropes, Kestle Barton, Cornwall; Premiums Interim Projects, Royal Academy, London (2015); Corso Aperto, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy; Greenhorn, Tintype, London (2012); Red Mansion Art Prize, Burlington Gardens, London. Freije has been awarded the following residencies and awards: Land Securities Studio Award; Chelsea Arts Club Trust Special Project Award; Advanced Course in Visual Arts (visiting professor Matt Mullican), Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy; Red Mansion Residency, Beijing, China; and Pirye Prize, Oxford University. Her work can be found in the Permanent Collection of the Royal Academy of Arts, London.