Approved: 11.12.2012

Anne Guest


Approved: 11.12.2012

My practice is an exploration of bioscience and the interactions between humans, animals and plants.

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    Artist Statement

    My practice is an exploration of bioscience and the interactions between humans, animals and plants.

    I am interested in our current relationship with the natural world and I like to emulate the sense of awe and wonder associated with the cabinets of curiosities that were first established in the seventeenth century in an attempt to categorise and tell stories about the wonders of the natural world and offering a strange link between ancient myth and scientific reality.

    Some of my work represents current facts - drawings such as "Plight of the bumblebees' and 'Fading beauties' depict the actual number of species of bumblebees and butterflies currently critically endangered in UK. 

    There are also symbolic references, for example crows are associated with prophecy whilst moths are associated with vulnerability.

    Some of the work uses processes that are fragile in nature - the images with smoke are made using a candle that deposits soot on the paper. And cyanotypes are a camera-less photographic process using uv light to create an image. Both techniques have an element of unpredictability.



    CV & Education


    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

    2019 - PrizePhotography Exhibtion, RBSA, Birmingham

    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