Approved: 16.08.2006

Eve Dent

Artist, Arts administrator, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

Eve Dent has been a practising artist since 1999 and has performed widely both in the UK and Europe. 'Dent has consistently pushed audiences in their expectations of performance. The subtlety of her work cuts through some of the po-faced bombast of much performance work'. (Anthony Shapland)
Influenced by ideas of embodiment in relation to environment, in particular Roger Caillois' 1935 essay examining

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Biography

Eve Dent has been a practising artist since 1999 and has performed widely both in the UK and Europe. 'Dent has consistently pushed audiences in their expectations of performance. The subtlety of her work cuts through some of the po-faced bombast of much performance work'. (Anthony Shapland) Influenced by ideas of embodiment in relation to environment, in particular Roger Caillois' 1935 essay examining insect mimicry, Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia, Dent uses live performance and photography to create body installations that arise out of interactions with architectural structures and spaces - installations exploring the threshold between bodily self and material thing. She creates images in which all or parts of her body are fitted into the very fabric of a room or environment, usually presented live as performed installations but also existing as photographic works. Often her body is almost completely hidden within the recesses or constructed spaces found within a building: the space under the floor or the flue of a chimney with only part of the body visible, or she is squeezed into holes or gaps in the material structure - her physical contours against those of the architecture. She writes, 'I seek to animate the hidden poetic life of a space and reveal the ambiguous nature of the body - its familiarity and foreignness, its beauty and horror, our fears of being overwhelmed by the void within and without. Through my live installations, perceptions of structural and spatial relationships are fundamentally altered, blurring the boundary between animate and inanimate, subject and object, built structure and flesh, through acts of union and rupture.' This work has led more recently since becoming a mother to exploring the maternal body as site. She is currently working with Zoë Gingell, in a joint examination of their experiences of motherhood in relation to the body; the 'Mothersuckers Project' and also co-curating an exhibition project, 'Parental Body'.

CV & Education

Qualifications

BA hons Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art 1999

PGCE Further and Higher Education, UWIC, Cardiff, 2002

Taught as a visiting lecturer at University of Wales Institute Cardiff and Gloucestershire University.

 

Exhibitions

2013 Corps fertile Body, Chataeu de tinteillac, Dordonge

2011 ‘Breastcups’ with Zoe Gingell, Metre Cube Gallery, Montignac, France, 

2011 ‘Breastcups’ with Zoe Gingell, Café des Halles, France

funded by Welsh Arts International and assisted by Article 19, France

2010 'Breastcups' with Zoe Gingell, Barbican Art Gallery, London

2010 ‘Breastcups’ with Zoe Gingell, Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff

2009 ‘Breastcups’ with Zoe Gingell, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff - funded ACW

2007 SPILL: a festival of performance, London Bridge Vaults, London.

2005 The Addition, Galleria Acbeu, Salvador, Brazil

2005 Flourish, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic

2003 The Separation of Light and Dark, g39 gallery, Cardiff

 

Commissions

2006 Anchor Series: Wolverhampton Art Gallery - Fierce Festival

2006 Anchor Series: La Bisbal Castle - Gresolart, Girona, Spain

2006 Anchor Series: Arnolfini Bookshop - Inbetweentime, Arnolfini, Bristol

2005 Anchor Series: Baltic and MS Stubnitz, Navigate Live Art Festival, Newcastle

2005 Homeland, video installation, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

2003 On the Page, DVD commission, Performance Research Magazine

2003 Mewed up Fresco, Invisible Bodies commission, Arnolfini, Bristol

2003 Good His Labour, Sense and the City, Architecture Week, V&A Museum, London

2003 Anchor Series: Bern - Bone6, Women and Performance, Bern, Switzerland

2002 Anchorhold, liveartmagazine commission, TACTILEbosch studios, Cardiff

 

Other Performances/Residencies

2007 Anchor Series: UWIC, Cardiff - CAT show, Trace Gallery, Cardiff

2006 Artist in residence, Dance Encounters 3: Someplace, WAI

2003 Anchor Series: Kuopio - Anti Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland

2003 Anchor Series: Bristol Dockside-Dialogue Project, IAN

2003 Anchor Series: The Arches - National Review of Live Art, Glasgow

2002 Anchor 3, Welcome to the Glassworks, TACTILEbosch studios, Cardiff

2002 Anchorage, HOME, 1a Flodden Street, London

2002 Artist in residence, Body Limits Season, Les Subsistances, Lyon, France

2001 Floored/In Perfect Condition, Site Gallery, Sheffield

2000 My Niche, Trace Gallery, Cardiff

2000 Just Below the Surface, Transeuropa Festival, Hildesheim, Germany

1999 Just Below the Surface, Expo, Nottingham