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)
“Mapping the Remains” retrospective. Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
“Anatomical Curiosities” Optic Gallery, Corvallis, USA
“Excavations” Gallery 5, Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk.
“An Order of Things” (selected works) Department of History, University of Liverpool.
“Interstice/Confluence” (with Anne Barclay) Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
“An Order of Things” Installation. Minories Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
“The Double-Skinned Shed” Installation. St. Martins' Church, Colchester, Essex.
“The Wearable Vanitas and other work” Platform Gallery, Mistley, Essex.
''Expérience 1: un Squelette Humain’' Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
‘'Day of the Triffids’' Site-specific sculpture (with Natasha Carsberg) Cunlhat, France.
“Enclosure” Installation (with Tim Skinner and Kim Barclay) Benham Gallery, Essex.
“Everything and More” Installation, Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
“Everything and More” Site-specific installation and other work. Chateau de Sacy, France.
Selected group exhibitions
Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies II Conference exhibition, University of Southampton
Colchester Art Society Summer exhibition, Minories Gallery, Colchester, Essex
Death and the Maiden Conference exhibition, Winchester University
Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies Conference exhibition, University of Southampton
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
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
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.
Conversa…Informação…Comunicação CECAL, Loulé, Portugal.
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.
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
Conversations (Masters at the Minories) Minories Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
Paradiso Contrapasso. Observatory, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Women Artists in 2010. New Brunswick, Canada.
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.
Secrets. Interactive group installation. The Foundry, London.
Wearable Expressions. Palos Verdes Arts Centre, California.
I came, I saw Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich, Suffolk.
Dust to Dust Arts on 5 Gallery, University of Essex.
Artist-in-Residence The Anatomy Museum, University of Edinburgh
“Women 100” Artist-in-residence and community artist during the exhibition 'Women 100' at Ipswich Gallery
“Wolsey's Angels” Artist-in-residence and community artist during exhibition 'Thomas Wolsey: Ipswich's Greatest Son'. Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich.
Horning visiting lecturer and Artist-in-Residence Oregon State University, School of History, Philosophy and Religion. Corvallis, USA
Probably Roman, Probable Female. Visual and osteological research into a box of human remains from Ipswich Museums' archaeological store. Ipswich Art School Gallery, Suffolk.
Transfert-Collé Workshops for BIOMAB (Biological and Medical Arts in Belgium) during the Antwerp Medical Student's Conference. Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium.
Exchanges2 With Natasha Carsberg, commissioned by Suffolk Artlink in collaboration with Suffolk Young Carers Association. Changing Room Studios, University College Suffolk.
Wood Institute Research residency Mutter Museum/College of Physicians. Philadelphia, USA.
Rainforest/Essex Writtle College Centre for Art and Design in the Environment, Writtle, Essex.
Workshop leader residency at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina, USA.
Chantiers des Arts: Mon Arbre Cunlhat, France.
Artist-in-Residence Chateau De Sacy, Picardie, France.
Wavering Group arts/music residency/installation. Chelmsford, Essex.
Artist-in-Residence Nation of Damanhur, Piedmont, Italy.
Innovation Internship. Design for a National Memorial for Tissue Donation. NHS National Tissue Bank and Faculty of Health Sciences and University of Southampton.
I Advance Masked in Sensation Festival Sculpture Trail, Chelmsford, Essex
Reminiscence Points: Murals, Ghyll Grove high dependency unit (BUPA), Basildon, Essex.
Our Histories: The Old inside the New. Assemblages. Peterborough City Hospital Trust.
George Yard Memory Box. Commemorative assemblage. George Yard, Braintree, Essex.
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.
Rowhedge Village Hall. Local Heritage community commemoration mural. Rowhedge, Essex.
Riverside Living Project. Assemblage, Interpretation panel. In consultation with Mencap, Colchester and Braintree Museums, and River Colne Conservation Group.
Open Season: Selection, curation and display. Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk.
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.
Colours: exhibition of objects selected by colour from Ipswich Museum stores. Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk.
Outside 12: Un Lieu de Memoire: Curation of new site-specific work by tenants of Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex.
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:
First Prize, Colchester Art Society Open Exhibition, Minories Gallery, Colchester.
Winner, delegates choice award at “Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies II”, University of Southampton.
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'.
[email protected] 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)
Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies II University of Southampton
Horning Lecture series: The Material Body University of Oregon, Corvallis, USA
Death, Art and Anatomy (with Glenn Harcourt) Winchester University
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
History and Cultural Representations of Human Remains: Medical Museums and Anatomical Collections Natural History Museum, Toulouse, France.
Monsters: Subject, Object, Abject Manchester Museum, Manchester, UK.
Cultures of Anatomical Collections Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands.
9th Global Conference: Monsters and the Monstrous Interdisciplinary.Net, Mansfield College, Oxford
Arts & Research Grants:
firstsite research bursary. firstsite, Colchester, UK
Wood Institute research fellowship award. Mutter Museum and Historical Medical Library, College of Physicians, Philadephia, USA.
Grants for the Arts: Arts Council, England for “Outside 11: Artist as Outsider"
“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
"Mind the Gap" by Ruby Ormerod, Green Pebble Magazine, Winter 2009/2010