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Fiona Crisp


Fiona Crisp ponders the philosophical and ontological relationship between the body and space of the material environment. Drawing from her background in sculpture, Crisps’ practice not only tests the capabilities of sculpture but photography and architecture as well in large photograph installations. Represented by the Matt’s Gallery, London, her past projects include questioning the redefining of historic sites’ purpose as they open to tourists and accepting uncertainty for creativity – termed ‘Negative Capability’ by John Keats.

A professor at Northumbria University and founder member of the research group The Cultural Negotiation of Science, Crisp has recently pursued knowledge of what’s beyond human perception and imagination. Her art/science collaborative project ‘Material Sight: Re-presenting the Spaces of Fundamental Science’ (2016-18) questions whether her non-documentary photography and film can truly embody and present the captured three world-leading research facilities for fundamental science back as sites of phenomena.

Selected exhibitions: ‘DIVISION/REVISION’, Billboards across London, Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield, Bristol and Birmingham (2021), ‘Material Sight’, solo touring exhibition at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland and Arts Catalyst, London (2018), ‘Negative Capability: The Stourhead Cycle’, Matt’s Gallery, London (2012) and ‘Subterrania’, solo touring exhibition at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Impressions Gallery, Bradford and Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall (2009-10). 

Courtesy of the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.