Approved: 11.12.2012

Anne Guest

Artist

Approved: 11.12.2012

My art practice is an exploration of natural sciences including current medical research and natural history. I combine this with the symbolism of Vanitas and Memento Mori that includes skulls, butterflies, flowers and shadows to reference the transience of life and the fragility of human existence.

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    Biography

    My art practice is an exploration of natural sciences including current medical research and natural history. I combine this with the symbolism of Vanitas and Memento Mori that includes skulls, butterflies, flowers and shadows to reference the transience of life and the fragility of human existence.

    i like to emulate the sense of awe and wonder associated with the cabinets of curiosities or wunderkammer that were first established in the seventeenth century in an attempt to categorise and tell stories about the wonders of the natural world, offering a strange link between ancient myth and scientific reality. 

    i respond to the current relationship with the natural world which man seems determined to destroy whilst simultaneously re creating, cloning and de extincting.

    i am currently concerned with the relationship between plants, insects and birds – the often overlooked indicators of the changing climate. 

    there is already evidence that the delicate balance of their interdependent lifecycles is being disrupted. pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, visit flowers to harvest their nectar and pollen; they are essential for flower reproduction and, as their lifecycles are becoming increasingly out of synchronization, they decline. 

    some of the work represents current facts such as plight of the bumblebees and fading beauties. these drawings depict the actual number of species of bumblebees and butterflies currently critically endangered in UK.

     

     

    CV & Education

    Qualifications

    2006 - MA Fine Art (Distinction), Birmingham City University, Birmingham 

    2005 - BA Fine Art (First Class Honours), Birmingham City University, Birmingham

    Solo exhibitions

    2018 - Awe and Wonder, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery (Nov/Dec)

    2018 - Fragile, Number 8 Gallery, Pershore

    2012 - I have glimpsed the future, Aedas, Birmingham

    2011 - I am not myself, VINYL, Birmingham

    2 Person Exhibitions

    2017 - Foreshadow, Showcase gallery, Birmingham

    2016 - Foreshadow, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

    2014 - A Sign of the Times, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

    2013 - Shadow, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

    2013 - A Sign of the Times, Midland Art Centre, Birmingham

    Selected Group exhibitions

    2016 - Ruskin Drawing Prize, Walsall and London

    2016 - Wirksworth Arts Festival, Wirksworth

    2015 - Shoosmiths Art Prize, Milton Keynes

    2015 - The Big Hoot, Birmingham

    2014 - Shoosmiths Art Prize, Milton Keynes

    2014 - West Midlands Open 2014

    2011 - London Group Open, Cello Factory, London

    2008 - Jerwood Drawing prize Exhibition, Various, London, Cheltenham, Winchester, Bury St Edmunds, Durham

    Residencies and Projects

    2018 - Portrait of an Alternative Anatomy; A Turn for the Better, Birmingham

    2014 - Soul to Sole, Croome Court, Worcester

    2009 - Unnatural Selection, Rea Garden, Birmingham

    Public Commissions

    2017 - The Big Sleuth, Birmingham

    2015 - The Big Hoot, Birmingham