Approved: 06.08.2013

Sharon Whyte

Artist, Editor, Researcher, Writer

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Approved: 06.08.2013

I take the relationship between the performer and the viewer (and the points where this relationship breaks down) and use this as a mechanism through which to examine various impulses ranging from desire to punishment. I am interested in the performer/audience dynamic as an unspoken contract entered into, within which there is permission to scrutinise the other and make judgements that we then use

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Biography

I take the relationship between the performer and the viewer (and the points where this relationship breaks down) and use this as a mechanism through which to examine various impulses ranging from desire to punishment. I am interested in the performer/audience dynamic as an unspoken contract entered into, within which there is permission to scrutinise the other and make judgements that we then use outside of the performance space in the 'real world'. The spectacle, beyond entertainment, can also be something that functions as a lesson, a warning or a catharsis. The performer, whilst often literally taking on roles, must also take on and embody a certain assigned position within society that utilises the individual artist's creativity or skill but at the same time results in a kind of entropy. Feeding from the idea of being 'trapped within the field of vision' my work becomes a site where performers must forever fulfil their 'function'. In my images I try to depict the idea of work, struggle, labour and futility in a constant mirroring of creativity, the drive to show, obsession, madness and isolation. This investigation carries with it a strong feminist viewpoint, and an underlying commentary on the media/surveillance culture that surrounds us in the form of CCTV, webcams, and the constant presence of images. Since performance is viewed through the lens of the socio-political paradigm within which it is staged, such paradigms cast their own agenda through the repetition of certain tropes and the constant replaying and reproduction of dominant normative or proto-normative images. Using photography, print, video, writing and recorded performance, I make work that explores the spectacle/viewer dynamic, and the still image as a lingering performative 'body'.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training
2013 - MA Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London

Solo exhibitions
2010 - Downstairs gallery, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh
Artsdepot, London

Group exhibitions
2013 - Thought Machines, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria
Pushing Print, Pie Factory, Margate
UNPERFORMING, Departure Foundation, 55 Gracechurch Street, London
Bainbridge Open, Embassy Tea Gallery, London
Open Plan: Ordinary, Departure Foundation, 55 Gracechurch Street, London
RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
Parallax, Café Gallery Projects, Bermondsey, London

Degree shows
2013 - SHOW 2013, Royal College of Art, Sculpture Building, RCA Battersea, London

Competitions, prizes and awards
2013 - Red Mansion Award (shortlisted), RCA/Red Mansion Foundation, London

Educational experience - tertiary
2013 - Guest tutor placement, University of Oxford, The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford
2012 - Guest tutor placement, University of Brighton, Faculty of Arts, BA Fine Art Printmaking Department

Publications
2013 - Thought Machines: The Manual (Contributor/Exhibition Catalogue), Edition Angewandte, Ambra, Austria (ISBN:978-3-99043-623-3)
Between Before and After (Editor/Contributor), Royal College of Art/External contributors, London (ISBN:978-1-907342-74-5)
2012 - Parasite in the Image: The performer, the image and the need to fade (Diss. MA), (Author)