Approved: 16.08.2006

Gemma Angel

Artist, Art historian, Writer, Teacher, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

I utilise a variety of media and forms to realise my work, though lens-based media, painting and 3D installation have formed the core of my previous practice. My work has also incorporated drawing, specialist imaging techniques (e.g. using Scanning Electron Microscopes), and tattooing.

Past projects have involved developing photographs onto leather using silver gelatin emulsion, light and photographic

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  • Location: Manchester, North West
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Art historical research, Journalism, Critical writing, Creative writing, Curating
  • Categories: Curatorial project, Publication, Drawing, Research, Text
 

Biography

I utilise a variety of media and forms to realise my work, though lens-based media, painting and 3D installation have formed the core of my previous practice. My work has also incorporated drawing, specialist imaging techniques (e.g. using Scanning Electron Microscopes), and tattooing. Past projects have involved developing photographs onto leather using silver gelatin emulsion, light and photographic installation, and live tattooing in a gallery environment. I am interested in exploring the possibilities of working with highly tactile and bodily materials (leather, latex, surgical thread, vellum, clothing patterns, velvet and silks). My intense preoccupation with the skin stems from my training as a tattooist, and this feeds into my art work, lending to it a highly visceral and corporeal dimension. I am interested in exploring the traces of human activity and memory left behind in everyday objects and materials, some of which may be intimately connected with peoples lives, generating all kinds of personal associations and perhaps even fetishes; and some of which may be detached and banal, revealing a cold and anonymous object-history. My previous works seek to weave a complex web of associations between selfhood, the inscription and hidden traces of memory, skin, sex and flesh. The skin surface and its history - be it human or animal - is central to my work; it is the site of encounter with the wider world, the place where identity is formed and assigned, and it is through skin sensations that we prove ourselves finally to be in the world.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2013 - PhD History of Art, UCL History of Art Department & Science Museum London, London 2009 - MA Visual Anthropology, The University of Manchester, Manchester 2005 - PGCE (Secondary) Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester 2004 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, The University of Leeds, Leeds Group exhibitions 2005 - ArtSway Open Exhibition 05, ArtSway, Sway, Hampshire 2002 - Agitate, Great Northern Railway Building, Manchester 2002 - The Body Politic, The Green Room, Manchester 2001 - V.U.B, 4th Floor Gallery, Islington Mill, Salford, Manchester Degree shows 2004 - View, Lifton Place Studios, The University of Leeds Curated projects 2013 - Foreign Bodies, University College London, London 2002 - The Body Politic , The Green Room, Manchester Live/Performance 2004 - Inscriptions, Lifton Place Studios, The University of Leeds, Leeds Workshops 2005 - Colour & Chemistry Nanoart Symposium, Sherborne House, Sherborne, Dorset Educational experience - secondary 2006 - Teacher of Art & Design, Chorlton High School, Manchester 2006 - Teacher of Art & Photography, Plant Hill Arts College, Manchester Educational experience - special needs 2009 - SLD Teacher, Melland High School Sixth Form, Manchester 2007 - Learning & Behaviour Support Teacher, Bankhead Academy, Aberdeen