LEFT: ‘Flightpath’ RIGHT: ‘Mariana 1’

LEFT: ‘Flightpath’ RIGHT: ‘Mariana 1’

Artist Statement

Painting and Light sculpture/installation are core to my practice. Both share a linear motif that can represent a story or a creature. In my work I want to create a perception of revealing something that is hidden emphasised by an ambiguous sense of scale and location.

In the ‘Flightpath’ installation the two 4m long curling lines of LED and steel each chart a 12cm journey of a Slipper Orchid Seed, one of the smallest seeds in the world. In the painting ‘Mariana 1’ the line contorts into an imagined siphonophore, a string-like colony of creatures that often inhabit the deep sea. 

Gaining first hand experience is important to me and I have made work from human dissections in pathology lads, worked with Kew’s scientists on seed dispersal and trawled for micro-plastics on residency with Sail Britain. I am drawn to synthetic colours and lighting and combine this with organic-like forms. I do not see a separation between humans and nature. Manmade substances have penetrated the natural world down to a microscopic level. Though this assimilation is undoubtably worrying I am fascinated by this global hybridisation and it inspires many of my research paths. 

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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

2018 Sail Britain, Sailing from Ipswich to London trawling for micro-plastics.

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

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

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

PUBLICATIONS AND ARTICLES

2018 Artlyst review by Jude Cowan Montague:

https://www.artlyst.com/reviews/perdita-sinclair-impressive-visual-interpretation-micro-science-jude-cowan-montague/

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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