Approved: 16.01.2011

Lisa Temple-Cox

Artist, Gallery educator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher, Teacher

Approved: 16.01.2011

My current research interests revolve around the aesthetics and symbolism of the medical museum; using its collections, taxonomies, and histories as metaphors for a contemporary subjective experience of the body, in life and death. My history as a mixed-race, post-colonial child informs a practice exploring interstices: between science and religion, the normal and the pathological, the familiar and

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Artist Statement

My current research interests revolve around the aesthetics and symbolism of the medical museum; using its collections, taxonomies, and histories as metaphors for a contemporary subjective experience of the body, in life and death. My history as a mixed-race, post-colonial child informs a practice exploring interstices: between science and religion, the normal and the pathological, the familiar and the uncanny. These themes are visualised through mixed-media processes which include drawing, assemblage, and installation. Recent work combines historical and contemporary anatomical imagery with maps and literature to create layers of image and meaning, evoking new considerations of anatomical collections and their role in creative responses to the body. This mapping process – anatomical, geographical and conceptual - forms part of a metaphorical locating of the 'self': the medicalised or pathological self becoming a metaphor for the 'stateless' self that is brought into question by relocation from one country or state to another. My studio work is enabled by and intersected within a community engagement and public arts practice, making artwork for institutions as varied as schools, hospitals, libraries, and public conveniences. I have taught art at secondary school, FE, and HE levels, and regularly disseminate my visual research at conferences and seminars in the UK and Europe.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

  • 2011 - MA Arts in a Social Context. Colchester School of Art/University of Essex. (with distinction)
  • 2010 - Certificate of Education, Lifelong Learning Sector. Colchester Institute/University of Essex (in-service route)

 

Solo/collaborative exhibitions

 

2017

“Mapping the Remains” retrospective. Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.

“Anatomical Curiosities” Optic Gallery, Corvallis, USA

2016

“Excavations” Gallery 5, Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk.

2013

“An Order of Things” (selected works) Department of History, University of Liverpool.

2011

“Interstice/Confluence” (with Anne Barclay) Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.

2010

“An Order of Things” Installation. Minories Gallery, Colchester, Essex.

2009

“The Double-Skinned Shed” Installation. St. Martins' Church, Colchester, Essex.

2008

“The Wearable Vanitas and other work” Platform Gallery, Mistley, Essex.

''Expérience 1: un Squelette Humain’' Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.

2007

‘'Day of the Triffids’' Site-specific sculpture (with Natasha Carsberg) Cunlhat, France.

“Enclosure” Installation (with Tim Skinner and Kim Barclay) Benham Gallery, Essex.

2006

“Everything and More” Installation, Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.

2005

“Everything and More” Site-specific installation and other work. Chateau de Sacy, France.

 

Selected group exhibitions

2018

Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies II Conference exhibition, University of Southampton

Colchester Art Society Summer exhibition, Minories Gallery, Colchester, Essex

2017

Death and the Maiden Conference exhibition, Winchester University

Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies Conference exhibition, University of Southampton

2016

Depth and Detail Sentinal Gallery, Wivenhoe, Essex.

Death, Art and Anatomy Conference exhibition, University of Winchester

ArteCorporis: Exploring the Anatomical Body. MacMaster Gallery, School of Visual Art and Design, University of South Carolina. USA

2015

Post Mortem: Vesalius tussen kunst en wetenschap The Rommelare Institute, Ghent, Belgium.

Connections and Tensions Collaboration with David Watkins commissioned by the Essex Network of Artist Studios (ENAS). Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, Essex.

Year of the Salamander Art Science Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA

2014

Fabrica Vitae (touring show) Zykanthos, Greece; Riga, Latvia; and Atlanta, USA.

Image-Text-Object:Practices of Research Level 4 Gallery, University of Southampton.

The Body is the Instrument of the Soul Old Operating Theatre, London.

Out of the Box Fringe Arts Festival, Bristol and No Format Gallery, London.

(Un)Imaginable Lonely Arts Club group show, The Undercroft, Norwich.

2013

Conversa…Informação…Comunicação CECAL, Loulé, Portugal.

2012

Curious Pursuits. Portico Library, Manchester.

Journey to the Podium. Beecroft Gallery, Westcliffe on Sea, Essex.

Outside 12:Un Lieu de Mémoire Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex.

2011

Retrofuturology. Observatory, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

The Text is the Text. Patriot Hall, Edinburgh.

The Wheel Turns. Embrace Arts Centre, University of Leicester.

Fluxface in Space. Digital exhibition, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

2010

Conversations (Masters at the Minories) Minories Gallery, Colchester, Essex.

Paradiso Contrapasso. Observatory, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Women Artists in 2010. New Brunswick, Canada.

2009

Base 'Temporary Art Project' pre-launch show, Co-Exist Gallery, Southend, Essex.

Art2Wear: Accoutrements. Ontario International Airport, Los Angeles, USA.

Long Nights. William Angel Gallery, London.

2008

Secrets. Interactive group installation. The Foundry, London.

Wearable Expressions. Palos Verdes Arts Centre, California.

2007

I came, I saw Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich, Suffolk.

2004

Dust to Dust Arts on 5 Gallery, University of Essex.

 

Artist residencies:

2019

Artist-in-Residence The Anatomy Museum, University of Edinburgh

2018-19

“Women 100” Artist-in-residence and community artist during the exhibition 'Women 100' at Ipswich Gallery

2017-18

“Wolsey's Angels” Artist-in-residence and community artist during exhibition 'Thomas Wolsey: Ipswich's Greatest Son'. Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich.

2017

Horning visiting lecturer and Artist-in-Residence Oregon State University, School of History, Philosophy and Religion. Corvallis, USA

2016

Probably Roman, Probable Female. Visual and osteological research into a box of human remains from Ipswich Museums' archaeological store. Ipswich Art School Gallery, Suffolk.

2016

Transfert-Collé Workshops for BIOMAB (Biological and Medical Arts in Belgium) during the Antwerp Medical Student's Conference. Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium.

2014

Exchanges2 With Natasha Carsberg, commissioned by Suffolk Artlink in collaboration with Suffolk Young Carers Association. Changing Room Studios, University College Suffolk.

2011

Wood Institute Research residency Mutter Museum/College of Physicians. Philadelphia, USA.

2008

Rainforest/Essex Writtle College Centre for Art and Design in the Environment, Writtle, Essex.

2008

Workshop leader residency at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina, USA.

2007

Chantiers des Arts: Mon Arbre Cunlhat, France.

2005

Artist-in-Residence Chateau De Sacy, Picardie, France.

1998

Wavering Group arts/music residency/installation. Chelmsford, Essex.

1997

Artist-in-Residence Nation of Damanhur, Piedmont, Italy.

 

Public Arts:

2015

Innovation Internship. Design for a National Memorial for Tissue Donation. NHS National Tissue Bank and Faculty of Health Sciences and University of Southampton.

2013

I Advance Masked in Sensation Festival Sculpture Trail, Chelmsford, Essex

2012

Reminiscence Points: Murals, Ghyll Grove high dependency unit (BUPA), Basildon, Essex.

2011

Our Histories: The Old inside the New. Assemblages. Peterborough City Hospital Trust.

George Yard Memory Box. Commemorative assemblage. George Yard, Braintree, Essex.

2008

Creative Conveniences. Box assemblages and design, public toilets in Colchester and Dedham. Colchester Arts Development/Colchester Borough Council.

Monkwick Bunker project. Community Mural, WW2 bunker. Monkwick Estate, Colchester.

2007

Rowhedge Village Hall. Local Heritage community commemoration mural. Rowhedge, Essex.

2005

Riverside Living Project. Assemblage, Interpretation panel. In consultation with Mencap, Colchester and Braintree Museums, and River Colne Conservation Group.

 

Curatorial Projects:

2016

Open Season: Selection, curation and display. Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk.

2015

Art/Science/Life: Commissioning and curation of new work for exhibition inspired by the 200 year relationship between Ipswich Museum and the neighbouring Art School; comissioning an Artist-in-Residence; creating a programme of talks, workshops and activities. Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk.

2014

Colours: exhibition of objects selected by colour from Ipswich Museum stores. Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk.

2012

Outside 12: Un Lieu de Memoire: Curation of new site-specific work by tenants of Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex.

2011

Outside 11: Artist as Outsider: Cross-mentoring project with Kateryna Denysova, commissioning and curating international site-specific artwork. Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex.

 

Awards and Prizes:

2018

First Prize, Colchester Art Society Open Exhibition, Minories Gallery, Colchester.

Winner, delegates choice award at “Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies II”, University of Southampton.

2008

Best in Show: Accessory at “Wearable Expressions”, Palos Verdes Arts, California, USA.

Winner, Art in the Built Environment Colchester2020 and RIBA Architectural award, for ‘Creative Conveniences, Lion Walk'.

Runner-up, Art in the Built Environment Colchester2020 and RIBA Architectural award, for 'Monkwick Bunker Project'.

 

Public Collections:

Anatomy@Edinburgh Art Collection. University of Edinburgh Anatomy Hub, Scotland, UK

Colchester Arts Centre, Essex, UK

Colchester Central Library, Essex, UK

East Contemporary Arts Collection: UCS, Suffolk, UK

Fluxmuseum: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Morbid Anatomy Library: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Mutter Museum: Philadelphia, USA

Wildgoose Memorial Library, London, UK (private collection)

 

Conference papers

 

2018

Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies II University of Southampton

2017

Horning Lecture series: The Material Body University of Oregon, Corvallis, USA

2016

Death, Art and Anatomy (with Glenn Harcourt) Winchester University

2014

Vesalius Continuum (with Glenn Harcourt) Zykanthos, Greece

Images of Afterlife (with Glenn Harcourt) University of Turku, Finland

Collect, Exchange, Display (with Glenn Harcourt) Hunterian Museum, London

2013

History and Cultural Representations of Human Remains: Medical Museums and Anatomical Collections Natural History Museum, Toulouse, France.

2012

Monsters: Subject, Object, Abject Manchester Museum, Manchester, UK.

2012

Cultures of Anatomical Collections Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands.

2011

9th Global Conference: Monsters and the Monstrous Interdisciplinary.Net, Mansfield College, Oxford

 

Arts & Research Grants:

2013

firstsite research bursary. firstsite, Colchester, UK

2011

Wood Institute research fellowship award. Mutter Museum and Historical Medical Library, College of Physicians, Philadephia, USA.

2011

Grants for the Arts: Arts Council, England for “Outside 11: Artist as Outsider"

 

Publications:

“Pathological Anatomy and Self Portraiture” Co-authored with Dr Glenn Harcourt, in Dynamis Vol.36 (1) 'Modelos Anatómicos: Cuerpos y Objetos en la Ciencia Contemporánea' 2016

“Poor Thing” in Interdisciplinary.Net: Volume 4, Number 1 (Summer), Themed Issue on Monstrous Science 2014

'"Making myself a Monster: Self-portraiture as Teratological Specimen" in 'Twisted Mirrors: Monstrous Reflections of Humanity’ : Eds. Seth Alcorn and Steven A. Nardi. Interdisciplinary Press (e-book) 2012

 

Articles

"Mind the Gap" by Ruby Ormerod, Green Pebble Magazine, Winter 2009/2010