Biography

My work walks the line between representational and abstraction. This line or tipping point where the physical meets the psyche is a common thread through out my practice. I conduct residencies in a pathology labs where I make work during human dissections. Whilst questions about mortality are inevitable in such settings, there are also a plethora of other strong emotions and thoughts that crowd the mind. The incredible form and colours that are revealed during the dissections inform the internal aspect of my work whilst live life model, animals and seeds inform the external form. This play between internal and external life can be seen in my sculptural practice as well as my paintings. I am currently artist in residence at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, Wakehurst were I have been making work about seed dispersal.

Selected CV

RESIDENCIES

2017 ESKFF (Eileen S Kaminsky Family Foundation) International Residency, Mana Contemporary, New York, USA

2017 Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanical Society, Kew, Wakehurst. ‘Secret Structures’ solo exhibition. First Artist in Residence at the Millennium Seed Bank working with Kew scientists to develop a body of work on seed dispersal.

2016 Functional Fascia Dissection Residency, March

2015 Functional Fascia Dissection Residency, June

2010 The Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton, from May until July.

PRIZES, AWARDS, COMPETITIONS

2016 UK China Art Prize

2015 Artist International Development Fund Dec 15 – Feb 16, Arts Council and British Council

2013 Finalist, British Women Artists Award, December

2007/08 Finalist, BP Portrait Awards: National Portrait Gallery, London, June – Sept 07; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Oct – Dec 07; Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Dec 07-Mar 08.

EXHIBITIONS

2017-18 ‘Secret Structures’ @ Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanical Society, Kew, Wakehurst, UK

2017 ‘Inside Out and Upside Down’, Tongli Gallery, Tongli, China

2017 ‘Pasts, Present and Futures’ @ Plan D Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

2017 National Portrait Gallery Gala @ National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

2016 ‘Waterborne’ @ Millenium Seed Bank, Kew, Wakehurst, UK

2016 Art Suzhou @ Suzhou, China

2015 Art Gemini Prize @ Menier Gallery, London, UK

2015 Lynn Painter Stainer Prize @ Mall Galleries, London, UK

2015 Winter Pride Awards @ Lacey Gallery, London, UK

2014 ‘Exile’, August @ Onca Gallery, Brighton, UK

2014 Art Gemini Prize, @ Rebecca Hossack Gallery

2014 National Portrait Gallery Gala @ National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

2013/14 ‘Animal/Liminal’ @ Leyden gallery, London, UK

2013 London Art Fair @ Islington, London, UK

2013 Cork Street Open Exhibitions @ Mayfair, London

2012 Summer Exhibition @ Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2009 Hay Hill Gallery @ Cork street, London, UK

2009 National Portrait Gallery Gala @ National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

2008 Summer Exhibition @ Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 ‘Jellyfish’ @ Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, UK

2015 ‘Insula’ @ Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK

2015 ‘Upstairs Windows’, Kingscote Gallery, UK

INCLUSION IN PUBLICATIONS

2012 ‘The Proceedings 2011 -12 ‘Art from Evolution’ essay and images of paintings

2011 500 Portraits’, compiled by Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery.

TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS

2016 Joint presentation with Julian Baker at the Death, Art and Anatomy Conference, University of Winchester, UK

2015 Insula exhibition talk about working with the Millennium Seed Bank and making the work, Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK

2009 ‘Art from Evolution’ on the evolution art themes of my work. Presented to the Bath Royal Scientific and Literature Society in April as part of the year of Darwin.

NOTABLE PARTNERS

Arts Council England

British Council

Millennium Seed Bank

Functional Fascia

Ventnor Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Wakehurst

Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation

Lan Arts