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Artist Statement

As a multidisciplinary artist I produce paintings, sculpture and installations. My work encompasses collaborations with scientists, direct anatomical observation, study of deep sea creatures and molecular imagery. This research springs from the wish to explore ‘the hidden’ event/creature/world and reveal a covert narrative.

As the first artist-in-residence at The Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), Kew, I worked alongside scientists on the Secret Structures project, investigating seed dispersal. My practice often features a dominant line that governs its narrative focus. In ‘Flightpath’, at the MSB, the line represents the airborne trajectory of a ‘slipper orchid’ seed which spans just twelve centimetres in nature, but stretches over four metres in its sculptural form. In painting, the dominant line begins as a single brush stroke, from which grow forms reminiscent of the deep ocean. These forms interweaves plant, animal and mineral and float in an indeterminate space. Their actual size and orientation is ambiguous as well as their status as ‘living’ or ‘dead’.

Gaining first hand experience and expanding my horizons is important to me. My residencies in human dissection laboratories allowed me to experience the colours, forms and viscosity of the inside of human bodies. On residency with ESKFF in New York I removed of the singular human figure from my painting and explored the representation of symbiotic colonies. Travelling and exhibiting in China with an Artist International Development Fund, from Arts Council England and the British Council, inspired work on the interactions between human population growth and the natural world.

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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

2018 'Farewell Seapig', 35 North Gallery, Brighton, Uk

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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