Collaborations, Residencies, And Exhibitions

Artwork made as part of residencies, for exhibition, and through collaboration with other artists, scientists, and organisations.

 A blue leaf-tailed gecko, drawn in colour pencil over a blue circular swirling smoke-like pattern

The two drawings above have been made on top of generative artworks by Anders Hoff (aka inconvergent) as part of our Emergent Crypsis collaboration in 2016-2017. I'm interested in collaborating with generative artists, because in my exploration of how life might evolve to hide on human made materials, their artwork represents an extreme of human-made substrate; aesthetic material made using computers and code. I hope to collaborate with other generative artists in future.

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The Transitional Objects exhibition, including the works above, examined the constant recycling in living systems, and gave the viewer the option to construct stories from small fragments of life. Biological and human debris gradually becomes unrecognisable, disconnected from its origin. What if we try and translate the pieces left behind into new stories? Can we find comfort in building a new story from our own debris, before it is completely recycled? 

 An eleven by eleven grid of round filter papers, each bearing a unique ink pattern. All the patterns are made by combining two shades of ink (pink and blue) but each pattern is different from its neighbour.
 A person in a white shirt drawing over a very large pink and purple ink pattern behind a perspex sheet, with a purple dry-wipe marker pen.

The three images above are of a giant book and ink drawing installations made for my 'Connecting Narratives' Leverhulme Trust artist's residency in Portsmouth University's brain tumour research lab from January to October 2015. This project yielded two solo exhibitions in 2015 & 2016, a series of arts workshops for scientists, and a giant book which now takes part each month in lab tours for brain tumour patients and their families.

Working directly with scientists and patients to turn their stories into art that bridges communication gaps was a privilege. You can read about the two exhibitions - Patterns of Mutation (2015), and Connecting Narratives (2016) - here, and here. You can read about the residency project more generally here. An archive of the book pages can be found here.

 An abstract mixed media sciart artwork, of a central triangular motif representing a tree ferm spore in graphite, surrounded by black and gold circlular swirls, and red-brown and white swirls around it. 

The artwork and scanning electron microscope (SEM) image above are from my 'Spilling Miniature Universes' residency in EMLab (Centre for Advanced Microscopy), Reading, UK, in 2014. For this project I worked within EMLab to produce an artwork building residents could see being made, asking me questions as I worked. When the artwork was complete, talks and demonstrations were provided for building residents to find out about both the artwork and SEM imaging facilities. The Images are based around tree fern spores used in research at Herbarium RNG & the University of Reading's School of Biological Sciences. You can read more about the work here. (SEM imaging by Amanpreet Kaur, spores from Azi Jamaludin.)

 A collage of 9 images of lichen-like patterns, lichen drawings, and cryptic moths
 A person in a green tshirt, grey cardigan, and blue jeans, holding open a very large handmade book, in a herbarium (a collection of plant specimens.) Grey herbarium cupboards can be seen open behind the person, filled with yellow folders of dry plant specimens.

The giant book and artwork above were made as part of the Symbiosis project 2013-2014, which was a year-long collaborative project I organised, and participated in, along with more than a dozen artists. Funded by small grants & industrial sponsorship, it involved collaborators from all over the world, an exhibition, and drawing workshops. The book now lives in Herbarium RNG, Reading, UK. Read more about it here.