London-based artist Zoe Williams travelled to Kathmandu between February and April 2020 to take part in a residency at the Mcube Gallery, Patandhoka. The residency was part of the British Council’s 60 Years anniversary programming. The residency was organised with the support of Triangle Network/Gasworks.
Zoe’s residency aims were to collaborate with craft communities and artisans from Thimi – the pottery capital of Nepal – to produce two-and-three dimensional as well as performative works. However due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown measures enforced her residency, Zoe had to switch to a more reflective studio-based practice where she began collating the knowledge that she gathered while interacting with the community prior to mandated isolation.
Starting from 8 January 2021, residency curator and founder of Mcube Gallery, Manish Lal Shrestha is hosting a presentation of works created by Zoe and her Nepali counterpart, Sushila Singh. The following interview was conducted with Zoe during her last weeks in Nepal.