Approved: 16.08.2006

Sabine Jeanne Bieli

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

The theme of my work is light - and thus also darkness - or rather, this moment when light meets matter: luminosity. Thread forms the staple of my sculptures and site-specific installations. It is the medium to build surfaces and bodies that capture and redefine space. The work I create is ultimately a reflection of inner landscapes in dialogue with the surrounding. Textile techniques, detached from their traditional context and purpose, form the grammar of my sculptural language; and then, as with texts, the essence lies between the lines.

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Biography

The theme of my work is light - and thus also darkness - or rather, this moment when light meets matter: luminosity. Thread forms the staple of my sculptures and site-specific installations. It is the medium to build surfaces and bodies that capture and redefine space. The work I create is ultimately a reflection of inner landscapes in dialogue with the surrounding. Textile techniques, detached from their traditional context and purpose, form the grammar of my sculptural language; and then, as with texts, the essence lies between the lines.

SJB, January 2018

Born in Basel, Switzerland, I studied textile art and design at the 'Schule für Gestaltung' before working for the costume and stage props workshops of the 'Basler Stadttheater' (Theatre Basel).
The experience I gained from work on building sites, in a fine mechanics workshop, and as a nurse aid in hospital all have influenced my practice as an artist. In 2001 I moved to Hull, England, where I since work and live.

CV & Education

COMMISSIONS

AWARDS / RESIDENCIES

  • 2019 Blue Moon has been awarded first prize by Friends of Ferens, Open Exhibition, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
  • 2016 Residency at RED gallery (Hull/UK) to develop and set up three site-specific pieces in response RED's spaces and situation. Link to info and images: Setting Off
  • 2009 Grant of Arts Council England, Yorkshire, and ...
  • 2009 Grant of Humber Mouth festival towards Fr-Agile
  • 2008 Nominated for the Northern Art Prize 2008 (longlist)
  • 2008 Grant of Arts Council England, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and East Riding of Yorkshire for On Spurn, a research residency for six artists (see also: OnSpurn BLOG)
  • 2004 Grant of the Arts Council England towards Stringed / Crescent Arts / Scarborough / UK

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2019 Dolls - Pupa / L'atelier de melusine / La Trimouille / F
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  • 2017 & 2019 Ferens Open Exhibition / Ferens Art Gallery / Hull / UK
  • 2017 Perception / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
  • 2014 Ich sehe was... / Studio event in Berlin, Wedding / DE
  • 2014 Process / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
  • 2013 Wedding - Kunst Pur / Galerie Wedding / Berlin / DE
  • 2013 Monomania / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
  • 2011 Artificial Light / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
  • 2008 From Book to Book / Leeds Art Gallery / Leeds / UK
  • 2007 Special Collections / University Gallery Leeds / Leeds / UK
  • 2007 Fundamentals / an exhibition of invited artists / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
  • 2006 Cupola 15th anniversary / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
  • 2005 Co-ordinates / Saltsmill / Saltaire / UK
  • 2005 Sculptural Possibilities / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
  • 2004 New Visions: The search for identity / Doncaster Museum&Art Gallery / Doncaster / UK
  • 2004 Sculpture / Crescent Arts / Scarborough / UK
  • 2003 [54º N] Festival of Contemporary Art (Muscle / Unfolding) / The Warehouse / Hull / UK
  • 1999 Textile Kulturwochen Freiburg (Permeable Wall) / Herderbau / Freiburg / DE
  • 1998 Jardins suspendus / Musée du Textile et des Costumes / Wesserling / F

COLLECTIONS

  • 2007 Wordscape / The Hepworth / Wakefield / UK (see Events)
  • 2007 Textbook (1st ed) / Special Collections at Brotherton Library / University of Leeds / Leeds / UK
  • 2007 Textbook (2nd ed) / Manchester Metropolitan University's Special Collection / Manchester / UK
  • 2007 - 2017 various private collections in the UK, Germany and Sweden