Approved: 18.05.2017

Gail Flockhart

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 18.05.2017


I primarily use digital and lens-based media to create photographic or moving-image works for publishing on web-based networks and social-media platforms, or for production as print, projection and installation works. 

Broadly exploring the existential attitude, our experience of being in the world and our sense of belonging, I am interested in how we find meaning for ourselves or define who we are in the world.

Currently undertaking PhD research for a proposal focussing on self-representation in women's art in relation to the ‘Selfie’ phenomenon, this practice-led project entitled ‘Shooting Myself’ for Public Consumption: Understanding ‘Selfie Culture’ Through Women’s Art, seems particularly relevant for defining a digital aesthetics of self and identifying the ‘Selfie’ as a new cultural metaphor.  In what has been termed the 'age of perfectionism' and in a society driven by neoliberal values, social-media identities and multiple personas, implications arising from the imperative to be ‘liked’, with its associated consequences for wellbeing, are rapidly becoming evident.

My research therefore re-considers and re-assesses this mode of 'looking at oneself' through, for example: the haunting photographic images of Francesca Woodman; the visceral 'Earth Body' works by Ana Mendieta, or more contemporaneously, the feminist perspectives of Juno Calypso's 'Honeymoon' series.  Through re-enactment, I will interpret selected artworks in order to better comprehend self-expression and the way in which women’s art can contribute to our understanding of the cultural phenomenon of the 'Selfie’.  

Re-thinking art, embodiment and the performative process, I seek new ways of engaging with and understanding self-representation through the frameworks of Phenomenology, Affect Theory and Feminism

CV & Education


MA Fine Art, University of Plymouth (2009)

BA (Hons) First Class, Fine Art, University of Plymouth (2006)


Selected Exhibitions, Works & Projects:

2018 - Un/perfect Ideals (ideas in progress)

2018 - Untitled Photocopier Selfie Series, 'Untitled Photocopier Selfie #12 (prayer)'  selected for Axisweb's Weekly 'Highlights' 8-14 Jan 2018

2017 - A/part from the Earth Series

2017 - Makers of the Multiverse (Postcards/Workshop), Juneau Projects via Spacex, Exeter

2016 - Untitled Shadow Selfie Series 

2015 – Re/imagined Film Stills Series 

2010 - CeilingSpring Screen South West Open Film Festival, Spacex, Exeter (short film top billed)

2009 - Moving Image Passing Time, Exhibition of Women Artists Work at Birdwood Gallery, Totnes

2009 - Assemblage (Inhabiting Metaphors), Peninsular Arts, Plymouth

2006 - Black Box, film shorts at Phoenix, Creative CollectiveiExeter

2006 - Degree Show, School of Art & Performance, Exeter, University of Plymouth

2005 - Nascent, Exhibition at Royal William Yard, Plymouth

2005 - To Be Discarded, School of Art & Performance, Exeter, University of Plymouth

2004 - Max 10 Events, Falmouth Arts Centre, Cornwall

2004 - Max 10 @ Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall


Collaborations & Residencies:

2017 - Dartmoor Art Project, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (group submission shortlist)

2012 - Being, Wayward Arts Group, Exeter (collaborative book-work project)

2009 - National Trust, Barrington Court, Illminster, Somerset (residency)

2007 Poltimore House, Exeter, Devon (residency)


Workshops, Talks & Conferences:

2018 - 57th Venice Biennale 2017 – Viva Arte Viva, presentation/talk for Wayward Art Group

2017 - Shadow Selfie Workshop, Juneau Projects/Spacex, Exeter (convener)

2009 - Source, Projection Workshop with Richard Milner, University of Plymouth (participant)

2007 - Screen/Space: The Projected Image in Contemporary Art, University of Edinburgh (delegate)


Curatorial Projects:

2017 - Dartmoor Project, co-curated for submission to Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

2012 - Wayward Arts Group, Exeter, co-curated compilation of nine artists book-works

2005 - Nascent, Publicity Team and Exhibition Photography