Approved: 16.08.2006

Susan Boafo

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
My art practice reflects a growing awareness of my connections to the natural world. I am drawn towards processes that lay beneath the surface. Especially where the organic meets the cultural. I have explored connections between botany and empire, genetics and language and genetic links across race and species. Recent projects examine links between photosynthesis and the evolution

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  • Location: Falmouth, South West
 

Biography

Concepts My art practice reflects a growing awareness of my connections to the natural world. I am drawn towards processes that lay beneath the surface. Especially where the organic meets the cultural. I have explored connections between botany and empire, genetics and language and genetic links across race and species. Recent projects examine links between photosynthesis and the evolution of simple and complex life forms. I have developed original methods through which microorganisms harness the Sun's energy to create artworks. Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2009) and Organs of Extreme Perfection (2008-11) explore ideas around light, vision and evolution. Speaking with the Sun (2006-8) investigated the link between aquatic organisms and the Earth's ecology. Single-celled organisms created texts that 'spoke' within video installations to discuss their role in supplying oxygen to the planet. Early work included Hybrid (2001), which researched the 'exoticness' of Cornwall's plant life. It traced the arrival of these plants to reveal the hidden links between botany, colonialism and British identity. Further examination of interconnections lying beneath the surface, lead to the photo-sculptures and video installations that explored our common genetic identity in Double Helix (2002) and An Infinity of Things (2004). Influences Ecology, environment, nature, light, art and science, evolution, race, hybridity, identity, genetics, botany and identity, migration, Englishness, representation, self portraiture, mixed race identity, black photography/artists, classification, national identity, self and other. Career path Qualifications: 2011 Fellow Linnean Society of London 2006 Research Associate: Research into Art, Nature and Environment, University College Falmouth 2001 MA Fine Art, University of Plymouth 1998 PgDip, Fine Art, University of Plymouth Teaching experience Present post 2010- Award Leader BA (Hons) Marine and Natural History Photography, University College Falmouth. 1997 - 2010 Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Photography, University College Falmouth 2002-1997 Lecturer, Photography Department, Falmouth College of Arts 1991-97 Part-time Lecturer, Photography, Graphic Design, Fine Art, Ceramics and Illustration Departments, Falmouth College of Arts Areas of work Exhibiting Lecturing Practice-based research

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2011 - Fellow, Linnean Society of London, Fellowship 2007 - Research Associate; Art, Nature and Environment research cluster (RANE), University College Falmouth, Cornwall Solo exhibitions 2006 - Speaking With the Sun; Eureauterritoriales international conference , Chapeau Rouge, Brittany, France 2004 - An Infinity of Things, Plymouth Arts Centre, Devon Group exhibitions 2011 - Print!, The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall 2009 - A Cornish Perspective - Newlyn Society of Artists, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2009 - Expressions: A Darwin 200 Exhibition , Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall 2009 - Microbes: Invisible, Influential and Inspirational, British Science Festival, University of Surrey 2009 - Species: A Darwin 200 Exhibition , Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall 2008 - AD: University College Falmouth Staff Show, Falmouth Arts Centre, Cornwall 2008 - Artful Ecologies 2: Art Nature and Environment International Conference , University College Falmouth, Cornwall 2007 - Visions of Science and Technology Photographic Awards-Winners Exhibition, Royal Institution, London 2006 - Artful Ecologies: Art Nature and Environment Exhibition and international Conference, University College Falmouth, Cornwall 2005 - Cornwall Film Festival – Digital Art @ Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall 2005 - Day for Artists, Trebah Gardens, Cornwall 2004 - Hortus: Botany and Empire, SPACEX and Touring to the Liverpool Biennial, Exeter and Liverpool 2004 - Multiples and Art Objects, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall 2003 - Garden Delights, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall 2001 - ASP, Market Street Mews Gallery, Cornwall 2001 - Obsession, Newlyn Society of Artists, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall 2000 - Build a Fort and Burn it Down, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall 2000 - Newlyn Society of Artists' Summer Exhibition, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall 1999 - Come Hell or High Water, Old Cornishman Offices, Penzance, Cornwall 1999 - Macro Micro, Falmouth College of Arts 1999 - Territory 1, Falmouth College of Arts Degree shows 2001 - Integrated Masters Programme-MA Show, Falmouth College of Arts Curated projects 2004 - Invitation - Newlyn Society of Artists, co-curated with Painter Phil Whiting, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall 2003 - I - D [Identity] Newlyn Society of Artists, co-curated, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall Artist talks 2008 - Cafe Scientifique Talk; Research into Art and the Natural Environment, Penzance Arts Club, Cornwall 2004 - An Infinity of Things, Plymouth Arts Centre, Devon. 2002 - Field of Vision, Tremenheere Sculpture Park, Cornwall 2001 - Obsession - Newlyn Society of Artists, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall 2000 - Build a Fort and Burn it Down, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall Workshops 2004 - An Infinity of Things, Plymouth Arts Centre, Devon Public commissions 2002 - Field of Vision, Tremenheere Sculpture Park, Cornwall Corporate commissions 2007 - Speaking With the Sun - displayed at architectural design awards ceremony, Fulcrum Consulting (Sponsors of Sustainable Development of the Year award). , London Competitions, prizes and awards 2007 - Winner – Visions of Science and Technology Photographic Awards, Daily Telegraph and Engineering and Technology Board, London. 2006 - Grants for the Arts Award, Art Council England, Devon 2002 - Awards for Artists, South West Arts, Devon Publications 2008 - In Artful Ecologies: Art Nature and Environment Conference – Published by Festerman Press and RANE Research Cluster, University College Falmouth. 2007 - Cited in Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective, Alan Male. 2007 - Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective, Male A, Thames & Hudson U.K. ISBN 978-2-940373-51-2 2007 - Online review - Daily Telegraph 2007 - Online review - Sky News 2004 - Artists’ Book: Hybrid 2004 - Review in The Big Issue Magazine 2002 - Cited in In Catching the Wave, Contemporary Art & Artists in Cornwall, Tom Cross. 2001 - Review in Cornwall Today Magazine 2001 - Review in Inside Cornwall Magazine Other 2005 - Permanent collections, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall.