At the heart of Cheryl Field's work is a scrutiny of the role that science plays in creating a secular mythology in contemporary culture. Thieving in equal part form the vernaculars of science fact and science fiction, pre-human histories and post-human futures are made manifest in the objects, videos and installations she creates.
Simultaneously corporeal and discorporate, Field's works exist in-between materiality: fleshy folds are made from slick plastics and hand-blown glass; plaster casts from life are polished to a perfectly skinless-surface; plucked and nibbled polyester foam monstrosities ooze non-bodily-fluids across the gallery floor; solid walls shimmer and scintillate. Ideas become matter, and matter insinuates its squidgy, shiny and slippery way back into thought.
These things inhabit the margin between the unconscious and conscious mind; where instinct becomes reason and intuition becomes deliberation. It is here that the remnants of our physical histories are at their most vivid. Field's work draws us into own physical and psychological apparatus as a way to reveal, and revel in, the veiled processes that have formed us. In doing so she pushes us to consider the future of our species and what will happen when humans transcend biology and we create something better and brighter than ourselves.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2012 - MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London
2007 - BA (Hons) Sculpture & Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art
1991 - BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh