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Artist Statement

As a multi-disciplinary artist I make paintings, sculptures and installations.  Human tissue connections, deep sea creatures that have symbiotic relationships like siphonophores and synapses and other neural activity in the brain inform my practice. 

The hidden and not usually seen forms interest me. I conduct residencies in pathology labs where I make mixed media sketches during human dissections. Seeing the amazing colours and landscapes of the interior of the human body is a great inspiration in my work. 

As artist in residence for ‘Secret Structures’ at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst, (the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) I worked with eminent scientists uncovering the secret journeys behind seed dispersal. Using film, sketching and painting I mapped out two large sculptures which I made from steel and LED. This aesthetic representation of a sequence of events and different elements coming together is fundamental in my 2D and 3D work.

 

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Born Surrey, UK, 1978

Based Brighton, UK

2001 BA Hons. Fine Art Painting, Howard Gardens, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff 

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.

AWARDS

2017 Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, International Residency award.

2016 UK China Art Prize, Suzhou, China 

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

EXHIBITIONS

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

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

‘Pasts, Present and Futures’ Plan D Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany, John Vincent Stevenson

National Portrait Gallery Gala, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

2016 ‘Waterborne’, Millenium Seed Bank, Kew, Wakehurst, UK, Louise Burton

Art Suzhou, Suzhou, China, Mr Pan and Qinlan Ye

2015 Art Gemini Prize, Menier Gallery, London, UK, Jimmy Lek

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

Winter Pride Awards, Lacey Gallery, London, UK

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

Art Gemini Prize, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Jimmy Lek

National Portrait Gallery Gala, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

2013/14 ‘Animal/Liminal’, Leyden gallery, London, UK, Adriana Cerne and Lindsay Moran

2013 Liberty Gallery, London Art Fair, Islington, London, UK, Patsy Dixson

Cork Street Open Exhibitions, Mayfair, London

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

2009 Hay Hill Gallery, Cork street, London, UK

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

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

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. 

 

 

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