Gemma Anderson

Drawn Investigations from Art and Science

18.02.16 – 06.03.16

Gemma Anderson

Links between art and science are proliferating with organisations such as CERN, Google and the Wellcome Trust developing innovative Arts & Science collaborations. These collaborations are founded on the fact that not only can artists serve as great partners in the enquiry into natural phenomena; they can also serve as great partners in the navigation of the unknown.

NI Science Festival’s first ever artist in residence, Gemma Anderson, is an artist, researcher and university lecturer whose practice is at the interface of art and science. She works with the theme of morphology and drawing as parallel dynamic processes, exploring intuitive and experimental drawing methodologies.

Her key lines of enquiry are concerned with how we can understand form and formative processes through drawing, and what contribution the artist can make – representationally and analytically in terms of interpretation and critique – to the advancement of knowledge of the natural world through drawing.

This exhibition presents three interlinked bodies of Anderson’s work: Isomorphology – the study of the shared forms and symmetries of animal, mineral and vegetable species; Isomorphogenesis – a drawn enquiry into the dynamic and formative process inherent in living organisms; and The Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre Archive – an experimental studio and workshop space where drawing is central to the investigation of natural phenomena, as explored in collaboration with scientists.

This exhibition forms part of NI Science Festival 2016 and has been generously supported by the British Council. Special thanks to the Ulster Museum and the Palm House & Tropical Ravine, Botanic Gardens.

Gemma Anderson is an artist, researcher and university lecturer. She studied Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art and Falmouth University, and has worked on numerous collaborative projects with mathematicians and natural scientists,. She completed a practice based PhD at the University of the Arts London.

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