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portfolio august 2013


CHERYL FIELD

After forays into the realms of Molecular Biology and Parasitology, Cheryl Field studied Sculpture & Environmental Art at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2007. She went on to study for her Master of Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, graduating in 2012.

Her first solo exhibition was in 2008 and she has continued to exhibit her work widely, most recently with BEARSPACE Gallery, London in her solo exhibtion Come With Me If You Want To Live. Prior to that she completed a commission for V2_Institute for Unstable Media, Rotterdam to make a series of new works for their Blowup series. Other recent exhibitions include Ten Days in Summer at The Queens Park Railway Club, Glasgow. Resident 11 at The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, Edinburgh and Vestiges Park at Glasgow International. Cheryl was awarded a residency by The Scottish Arts Council and The Royal Scottish Academy in 2010. Her work was picked by The Telegraph as one of the Top 10 artworks at London Art Fair 2013.

Cheryl Field lives and works in London and is represented by BEARSPACE Gallery.

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT

At the heart of Cheryl Field’s work is a scrutiny of the role that science plays in creating a secular mythology for contemporary culture. Thieving in equal part from the vernaculars of science fact and science fiction, pre-human histories and post-human futures are made manifest in the objects, prints, etchings, videos and installations she creates.

Simultaneously corporeal and discorporate, Field’s works exist in-between materiality: fleshy folds are made from slick plastics and hand-blown glass; plaster casts from life are polished to a perfectly skinlesssurface; plucked and nibbled polyester foam monstrosities ooze non-bodily-fluids across the gallery floor; solid walls shimmer and scintillate. Ideas become matter, and matter insinuates its squidgy, shiny and slippery way back into thought.

These things inhabit the margins between the unconscious and conscious mind; where instinct becomes reason and intuition becomes deliberation. It is here that the remnants of our physical histories are at their most vivid. Field’s work draws us into own physical and psychological apparatus as a way to reveal, and revel in, the veiled processes that have formed us. In doing so she pushes us to consider what it means to be human now and what will happen when humans transcend biology and we create something better and brighter than ourselves.

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LIST of IMAGES PAGE

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They Might Keep Us As Pets (Come The Singularity) (2012) iPad (first generation), digital video loop, Apollo Moon Lander 1:100 models. 30cm x 25cm x 15cm

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Inculcations v1.0 - David Eagleman 01 (2012) etched stainless steel, silver nickel chain, retort clamps. 25cm x 15cm + mounted from chain, length variable

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Fellows of the Royal Society: John Maynard Smith, Richard Feynman & Alan Turing (2012) 30,000 hand tinted and mounted metallic paillettes, ELEK wall mountings, electric fans, acrylic paint. 10m long x 3m high shimmer wall

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Connectome 01 (2013) C-Type Print on Kodak Metallic Paper, Acrylic mounted. 30cm x 42cm

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Connectome 02 - 04 (2013) Installed at Come With Me If You Want To Live at BEARSPACE Gallery, London

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Fellows of the Royal Society: Peter Higgs (2013) Hand tinted and mounted metallic paillettes, ELEK wall mountings, electric fans, acrylic paint. 3m long x 2m high shimmer wall

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Connectome 02 (2013) C-Type Print on Kodak Metallic Paper, Acrylic mounted. 30cm x 42cm

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Come With Me If You Want To Live (2013) Exhibition installation view at BEARSPACE Gallery, London

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Connectome 03 (2013) C-Type Print on Kodak Metallic Paper, Acrylic mounted. 30cm x 42cm

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Fellows of the Royal Society: Peter Higgs (2013) Hand tinted and mounted metallic paillettes, ELEK wall mountings, electric fans, acrylic paint. 3m long x 2m high shimmer wall

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Connectome 04 (2013) C-Type Print on Kodak Metallic Paper, Acrylic mounted. 30cm x 42cm

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Connectome 05 (2013) C-Type Print on Kodak Metallic Paper, Acrylic mounted. 30cm x 42cm

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“We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself ” - Prof. Brian Cox.Translated into Gallifreyan; the language of the Time Lords from BBC’s Dr Who. (2013) Etched brass & repurposed Freemason’s Regalia brass chain. 30cm x 42cm

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Neural Tubes 01 - 04 (2013) Installed at Come With Me If You Want To Live at BEARSPACE

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Neural Tube 04 (2013) C-Type Print on Kodak Metallic Paper, Acrylic mounted. 30cm x 42cm

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Come With Me If You Want To Live (2013) Exhibition installation view at BEARSPACE Gallery, London

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Olaf Stapledon Chapel Chair (2013) Repurposed chapel chair, copies of Last & First Men by Olaf Stapledon. Dimensions variable

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ontology | a (2009) installed at Southside Gallery, Glasgow. Polyurethane foam, smoke machine, electrical components, motors, gears. Dimensions variable.

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We Are Building Something Better Than You (DETAIL) (2012) hand-blown glass, retort clamps & stands, teeth (dental acrylic), stainless steel polyurethane foam, plaster. Dimensions variable.

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Apostate Hassock: David Attenborough (2013) Hand-stitched tapestry, upholstery fabric, decorative cord, wadding. 35cm x 25cm x 10cm

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Untitled (2012) Installed at Queens Park Railway Club, Glasgow. Polyurethane foam, lathed aluminium, wax.

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An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump (After Joseph Wright of Derby) (DETAIL) (2009) cellophane, bell jar, oak, epoxy putty, electrical components, motors , gears, spot light. 1.5m x 40cm x 40cm

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After Hume Parts I & II (2009) Silicone rubber, electrical components, gears, motors, repurposed furniture, acrylic paint. Each approximately 1m x 40cm x40cm

After Higgs (2013) Etched Brass & repurposed church lecturn. 130cm x 30cm x 30cm

16 We Are Building Something Better Than You (DETAIL) (2012) hand-blown glass, retort clamps & stands, teeth (dental acrylic), stainless steel polyurethane foam, plaster. Dimensions variable. 16 Neither Ready Nor Present To Hand (2012) Jesmonite, Plaster, Brass, Clockwork, Graphite. 30cm x 15cm x 15cm 17 We Are Building Something Better Than You (DETAIL) (2012) hand-blown glass, retort clamps & stands, teeth (dental acrylic), stainless steel polyurethane foam, plaster. Dimensions variable. 18 & 19 (C8H8)n, CSi, KAl2(AlSi3O10)(F,OH)2, C, C, CaSO4, Fe3C, SiH3(OSiH2)nOSiH3 (2012) EPS, Silicon carbide, Mica, Diamond powder, Graphite, Plaster, Steel, Silicone, Electric motor. 3 units each 40cm x 40cm x 40cm 20

Untitled (2011) Installed at The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Mylar, adhesive, electrical fan, MDF, electrical components. Approximately 5m wide x 6m long x 3m high

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Untitled (2013) Installed at InSitu Project Space, London. Mylar, adhesive, electrical fan, MDF, electrical components. Approximately 4m wide x 5m long x 2m high

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Untitled (2010) Installed at The Crofters Store, Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist. Mylar, adhesive, electrical fan, MDF, electrical components. Approximately 10m wide x 10m long x 2m high

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Inculcations (2012) Photo-etched stainless steel recreations of original IBM computer punch cards. Each 25cm x 15cm. Mounted from laboratory retort clamps via silver nickel chain. From an unlimted series. Containing quotations from scientists who write fiction or science-fiction writers.

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CV

Education 2010 - 2012

MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London, UK

2003 - 2007

BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture & Environmental Art. The Glasgow School of Art

2006

The Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA

1991 - 1995

Postgraduate Researcher, Wellcome Centre for Parasitology, Imperial College, London

1987 - 1991

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences: Molecular Biology. Edinburgh University, Edinburgh

Selected Solo Exhibitions 2013

Come With Me If You Want To Live, BEARSPACE, London, UK

2012

Tens Days in Summer, Queens Park Railway Club, Glasgow, UK

2009

ontology | a, Southside Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2008

Phylum & Genus, Market Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2008

Anticipation, Alsager Arts Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

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FORTHCOMING HotelElephant, London, UK

2013

The Fragility of Flight, Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist, UK

2012

Speculative Realities,V2_ Institute for Unstable Media, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2011

Resident 11, Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, Edinburgh, UK

2010

Submit2Gravity, Old Vic Tunnels, London, UK

2010

Vestiges Park, LowSalt Gallery at Glasgow International 2010, Glasgow UK

2009

Transition, The Bargehouse, Southbank, London, UK

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Transition, Exeter Castle, Exeter, UK

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Another Place, The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

2008

Young Contemporary Artists, Eastwood Park, Renfrewshire, UK

2008

Such Tender Bodies…, SWG3, Glasgow, UK

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Thinking Space, Bridge View Gallery, Aberdeen, UK

2007

Publish!, Glue Gallery, Newcastle, UK

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Know I Know My ABC’s, SWG3, Glasgow, UK

2006 - 2009

Sitting Room, Alsager Arts Centre then touring UK, Holland, USA & Mexico


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Residencies 2010

Royal Scottish Academy Residency at Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist, UK

2008

Market Gallery Residency, Glasgow, UK

Selected Awards, Grants & Prizes 2012

Royal Scottish Academy Residency and Bursary 2010

2012

Glasgow City Council - Visual Arts Grant Scheme 2009 / 2010

2009

NWSP (Curation) with PLACE Projects, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2008

Arts Council, Creative & Professional Development Grant

Bibliography Top 10 artworks at London Art Fair selected by The Telegraph, Telegraph.co.uk, 18th Jan 2013 Axis Notes, MAstars, pages 6-7, November 2012 Axis Web, MAstars, www.axisweb.org, September 2012 Prizes and Awards, A-N Magazine, page 20, February 2012 Reflections, The Scotsman, page 21, 6th October 2011 Inflated Expectations, The Glasgow Herald, Page 2, 6th October 2011 Resident Easel, Andrew Cattanach, The Skinny, 26th September 2011 PLACE Projects, Nicola Wright, New Work Scotland 2009, The Collective, p5, Issue 6, Oct 2009 / Jan 2010 Better By Degrees, Iain Gale, Scotland on Sunday 24th June 2007 Talent of the First Degree, Jack Mottram, The Herald, 15th June 2007

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Cheryl field portfolio 2013 | BEARSPACE Gallery