Artists’ Profiles

Selecting works for the Aesthetica Art Prize is an inspirational and enlightening experience. There are so many artists worldwide creating pieces that need to be seen. Below is a short synopsis from each 2017 longlisted artist, providing insight into their practise.

For longer artist statements, please view the Future Now Anthology 2017.

 


Photographic & Digital Art

Alinka Echeverria

Alinka Echeverria aims to counter the depiction of the African continent and its inhabitants as embodying “otherness”, through a process of collaboration with her subjects…

Ben Tricklebank

Photography, film and interactive works are at the heart of Ben Tricklebank’s multi-disciplinary practice, which addresses questions of control, freedom and our relationship with technology…

Chloe Rosser

The contorted human bodies which are the signature of Chloe Rosser’s Form series transform something so familiar into something that is unexpected and uncanny, a…

Courtney Ray

The physicality of photographic film is central to Courtney Ray’s approach. The artist feels it not only gives the work a physical permanence, in a…

David Handley

Childhood has been a constant inspiration to David Handley throughout his work as a fashion photographer. In his latest project, Best Friends Forever, he pursues…

Ed Freeman

For Ed Freeman, the act of making art is a celebration of being human, and the naked human body, which is his main subject, is…

Edgar O Kim

Edgar O Kim transforms an everyday sight – packaged meat – back into something uncanny and grotesque, through selective photographic cropping and representation. The objects…

Emma Hartvig

The cinema screen and the world of advertising inform the compositions of Emma Harvig. Her images appear like ambiguous stills taken from an unexplained narrative, with…

Janeanne Gilchrist

Freediving off the coast of Scotland has given Janeanne Gilchrist access to a world which few get to see, of forms in constant flux and…

Jeremy Underwood

The Human Debris project draws attention to the state of the environment in Houston’s waterways through the creation of site-specific sculpture from abandoned objects. Jeremy…

Judith Jones

The “blue hour” of twilight represents an intangible and uneasy border between day and night, both fascinating and fearful. In her Twilight series, Judith Jones…

Julio Bittencourt

The ways in which we live, occupy and share the world has been a fascination for photographer Julio Bittencourt for the last 12 years, informed…

Kovi Konowiecki

The portraits of an Orthodox Jewish family in Kovi Konowiecki’s Bei Mir Bistu Shein represent an attempt to capture the ethereal qualities of faith and…

Mark Eaglen

Mark Eaglen’s work responds to science, technology and nature, making use of a varied range of processes in order to demonstrate the concepts being examined…

Michelee Scott

Michelee Scott is a photographer fascinated with nature and dream-like landscapes. In her image Desolation, a barn standing alone in a November field instantly captured…

Mirren Kessling

A graduate of the Ruskin School of Art, Mirren Kessling aims to capture subjects in a state of unreality within a genuine and unaltered moment…

Peter Gibbons

Peter Gibbons sees his whimsical images as illustrations from stories that will never be told, evoking fantastic tales of pilgrims, beasts and adventurers. He compares…

Siru Wen

A fascination with humanity and desire for empathy and understanding with others motivates Siru Wen, for whom the act of photography is one of emotional…

Tania Franco Klein

A move to London by photographer Tania Franco Klein led to an abiding fascination with public social behaviour and the manifestation of disconnection and isolation…

Vikram Kushwah

Fairytale, daydream and childhood magic mix with modernity to create a profound sense of the uncanny in Vikram Kushwah’s photography. Ambiguity and uncertainty contrast with…

Yael Portabales

Self-portraits are a recurring theme for Yael Portabales, who is fascinated with the way that different aspects of herself emerge through the shots, their composition…

 


Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture

Adam Niklewicz

Poetic, surreal, and bringing a welcome quality of humour and satire, the images of Adam Niklewicz aim to poke holes in the illusion of a…

Bernardo Vallarino

Insects become a metaphor for the treatment of human beings as disposable in the work of Bernardo Vallarino. He is concerned with disregard for human…

breadedEscalope

The collective breadedEscalope critically consider art and design as part of modern life. In Shadowplay, they investigate and make use of the physical properties of…

Dylan Martinez

Dylan Martinez’s fascination with the mechanisms of vision and how they control our understanding of the world stems in part from his own experiences of…

Emily Joy

Through sculpture, installation and performance art, Emily Joy questions the acts of remembering and re-imagining. The boundaries of the self, limits of the physical body…

Emmanuelle Moureaux

A visit to Tokyo in 1995 formed Emmanuelle Moureaux’s artistic vision, in response to the city’s infinite layers and colours. Terming her concept “shikiri” meaning…

Jack Davis

The fundamental human need to shape our environment and landscape to suit our needs is critically examined in Jack Davis’s work. In Nature Nurture, his…

Jack West

The concept of “the machine” links the different aspects of Jack West’s creative practice, both in the physical world of the studio and a virtual…

Jason deCaires Taylor

The signature partially-submerged sculptures of Jason deCaires Taylor address social and environmental concerns through their interactions with aquatic environments. The work Rising Tide, on the…

Jerzy Goliszewski

The mythical figure of the Golem, a figure created to protect people but which, as it grew stronger, lost the ability to tell friend from…

June Lee

June Lee addresses whether it is possible to be alone in an interlinked and globalised world, making use of three dimensions in order to address…

Lesley Hilling

The architectural layers apparent in buildings and cities inspires the work of Lesley Hilling. For recent works including El Barrio, she has made use of…

Rachael Kelly

The workings of globalised capitalism and, in particular, its relationship to ethics are the subject of recent work by Rachael Kelly. In Periodic Exchange, she…

Sherman Finch

Referencing composer John Cage’s interest in chance, Sherman Finch creates a dialogue between visual aesthetics, viewer interaction and auditory perception in his most recent work…

Shuster + Moseley

The creative collaboration of Shuster + Moseley began while living in a treehouse on a protest site, an experience which informed their subsequent practice. They…

Tadao Cern

A sense of curiosity and playful spirit of invention drive Tadao Cern’s creative process. Black Balloons came from a sense of discovery of the oppositions…

Vivien Schneider-Siemssen

The idea of forging connections between cultures, and the realisation that a journey is often an end in itself, form the backdrop to much of…

William Braithwaite

The powerful forms of Modernism and Brutalism, and their use of repetition of simple minimal shapes to produce complexity, inform the art of William Braithwaite…

 


Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media

Armando Cabba

Armando Cabba uses the self-portrait to capture the transience of identity from moment to moment – we can never be the same person twice. Even…

Barbara Houwers

Abandoning representational content and instead focusing on line, structure and tone, Barbara Houwers shifts painting into a sculptural dimension in her recent work. Though pieces…

Frea Buckler

Resembling unfolded boxes or origami creations, Frea Buckler’s one-off works on paper result from an intuitive use of silkscreen techniques, and a spontaneous methodology which…

Ian Cumberland

Northern Irish visual artist Ian Cumberland is fascinated by Guy Debord’s concept of the “Society of the Spectacle” and its contemporary implications, where authentic life…

Izabela Kowalczyk

An intuitive need to reveal space as an experience runs throughout the painting and sculptural work of Izabela Kowalczyk. When cutting forms out of paper…

Khushna

Khushna combines traditional and digital approaches by painting from photographic sources rather than live subjects. Drawing on the influence of the Baroque as well as…

Marie Harnett

Split-second moments from a moving image become carefully rendered in pencil on paper in the work of Marie Harnett. The artist searches through films frame…

Paul Corfield

The paintings of Paul Corfield begin with a process of experimentation on a computer screen, where three-dimensional modelling, mathematical formulae, simulations and animations are among…

Peter Gudynas

Photography becomes visual metaphor in the work of Peter Gudynas through the use of digital manipulation and post-production techniques. Here, he reflects on the problems…

Richard Devereux

The art of Richard Devereux makes use of pressure dispersal techniques, where the random effects of particle interference determine the evolution of the finished product…

Stephen Johnston

Mortality was a common theme for the Old Masters, with their scenes of luxury and gluttony undercut by reminders of the grave. Stephen Johnston considers…

 


Video, Installation & Performance

A2arquitectos

Since its invention in 1816, generations of children have been mesmerised by the kaleidoscope. A2arquitectos, a collective dedicated to creating dream-like experiences through the play…

Abhidnya Ghuge

The humble, disposable paper plate is the medium Abhidnya Ghuge employs to create her vast installations. Thousands of plates are printed with designs that have…

Adam Basanta

Everyday electronic objects of commercial technology and communications assume new roles in the installations of Adam Basanta, taking on sculptural forms. In Curtain (white) the…

Akiko Nakayama

Creating a sense of energy and metamorphosis to bring a painting to life is Akiko Nakayama’s intention. The artist combines movement and vibrant colours to…

Alexandra Carr

Alexandra Carr is fascinated by the boundary between art and technology and by the patterns which occur in natural phenomena and processes. She has collaborated…

Anna Madeleine

Mapping data over time and revealing the information systems underlying contemporary life is the aim of Anna Madeleine’s practice. In Currents, she reminds the viewer…

Anne-Marie Creamer

The entanglement of narrative and place is at the core of Anne-Marie Creamer’s multi-disciplinary approach, in which digital film, fiction, drawing and staged scenarios are…

Anthony Garratt

In a signature outdoor painting installation, Anthony Garratt responds to the landscape and history of North Wales. High and Low or Uchel ac Isel comprises…

Baraga

Baraga’s interactive works are usually placed in public spaces and unusual contexts to explore the connections between environment, nature, technology and humans. They make use…

Carl Hopgood

Immortalising a fleeting moment in time is the aim of Carl Hopgood’s multi-disciplinary sculptural practice, as seen in his Digital Taxidermy – Video Projected Sculptures…

Charles Danby & Rob Smith

The collaborative work of Charles Danby & Rob Smith is based on a mutual interest in site and land. In Parallel Cipher, for example, a…

Chris Meigh-Andrews

The concepts of energy and time and their relationship to thought and perception are key themes for Chris Meigh-Andrews, in a practice that makes use…

Daniel Nicolae Djamo

Images of migrating birds along the Loire valley at sunset are juxtaposed with words taken from interviews with Romanian immigrants living in Paris in 2011-2014…

Darae Baek

The overwhelming experience of suddenly recalling the past in a rush of memory and nostalgia while in an entirely different place and time is transformed…

Dominica Harrison

Handmade and digital approaches combine in the animations of Dominica Harrison. In Illusions, each frame is drawn by hand, screen printed and then scanned to…

Elizabeth Tomos

Elizabeth Tomos takes an approach in which printmaking and performance art converge, notably in using the body as a means of image production. The hand…

Eunhyung Kim

Eunhyung Kim uses performance to explore fears and concerns relating to human rights. Street takes up the story of Namki Baek, who was killed by…

HOAX

HOAX theatre group join forces with eco-scenographer Andrea Carr and photographer Kasia Rucinska for stuck, a performance piece using rhetoric and soft sculptures to examine…

Hristina Sekuloska & Irena Milojeska (HIMA)

The constructions of collaborators Hristina Sekuloska and Irena Milojeska see them assume an architectural mindset in order to challenge the boundaries between the spatial and…

Jasmina Cibic

Jasmina Cibic’s art reveals the structures of “soft power” often employed as methods of psychological control by authoritarian regimes, and the way in which national…

Jesse May Fisher

Jesse May Fisher explores the complex world of teenage female friendship, inspired by personal conversations and shared experience to address her realisation that many seemingly…

John Trashkowsky

Adding a comic or dramatic twist to reconstructions of everyday objects, John Trashkowsky tackles major issues in contemporary life. In Science Of Power (2015), ideas…

Jola Kudela aka YOLA

Working in public spaces and engaging with society is the key to the art of Jola Kudela. She recreates scenes from classic paintings using contemporary…

Karolina Magnusson Murray

For her digital video installation Commanding Content, Karolina Magnusson Murray takes a critical look at the art industry and the production of content, employing humour…

Kenta Nakagawa

Kenta Nakagawa makes use of the structural nature of light to transform architectural spaces in significant buildings throughout the world. His Inner mind architecture project…

Khadija Baker

The suppressed history of the Kurdish people is the point of departure for a wider examination of processes of exile and loss of identity in…

Martina Stock

Silkscreen techniques or serigraphy on a large scale combine with the artist’s musical performances on the harp to create Martina Stock’s multimedia, multidisciplinary immersive works…

Maryam Tafakory

Combining the moving image and performance art in her video works, Maryam Tafakory is interested in womanhood and rites of passage, drawing on the notion…

Meredith Glisson

Meredith Glisson employs choreography as a method of understanding the self. In IS HERE I SHE the collective of women depicted shift from individual representation…

Michael Perl & Christian Zwerschina

The practice of Michael Perl & Christian Zwerschina draws inspiration from the philosophical ideas of Gilles Deleuze, Mario Perniola and Umberto Eco concerning subject, time…

Naja Verena Marcin

The divorce between body and mind in an age dominated by what Debord called “the society of the spectacle” is a recurring theme for Naja…

Oren Kanski Lavie

Oren Lavie sees art as a “wormhole” a way to access the hidden currents that are at work behind the fine membrane of culture. One…

Ouchhh Studio

An interdisciplinary creative hub, Ouchhh Studio brings together expertise in animation, motion graphics and public art in order to create work inspired by current research…

Sali Muller

Sali Muller employs reflective surfaces alongside video, light and sound installations in order to challenge issues of environmental pollution, consumerism and loss of interpersonal communication…

Sam Williams

Sam Williams’s assemblages of video, text, installation and performance occupy a world in a state of transition, addressing themes of gender, environment, belonging and the…

Samuel Weniger

Samuel Weniger created this collaborative work I kissed your kiss on your girlfriend’s cheek, it was still wet, based on a poem written for him…

Sara Morawetz

Our experience of time is not universal but derived from the specific circumstances of the Earth’s motion around the Sun. Sara Morawetz creates performances geared…

SauntandSinner x VincentWolf

Collaborators SauntandSinner x VincentWolf, aka Toni Roddie and James Vincent Gillespie, bring together fashion and technology in both digital and physical works. In FLUX, they…

Seecum Cheung

Seecum Cheung directly addresses the rise of right wing nationalism in Europe through a series of video interviews which raise disparate viewpoints and emotions. Interview…

Stanza

The urban landscape, surveillance culture and the impossibility of privacy in the city are recurring concerns in the work created by Stanza. The artist makes…

Stefan Reiss

In the pragmatic art of Stefan Reiss, disparate media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, projection and performance are related through an interest in the…

Tasha Marks / AVM Curiosities

Tasha Marks’s background as a food historian with a specialism in sugar informs her work, which tells stories through all the senses, including taste and…

The Institute For New Feeling

The collective of Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt and Nina Sarnelle use their corporate identity as the Institute to borrow from the language of corporate branding…

Toby Dye

Film director Stanley Kubrick’s trademark long zooms down corridors, notably used in Barry Lyndon, inspired this installation by Toby Dye. The Corridor evokes a hypnotic…

Various Artists

This Brussels-based collective brings together 24 fictional personalities, allowing different collaborations and practices to develop within the group. Agua con Gaz brings together their various…

VOID

VOID is a group of visual and sound artists based in Brussels. They are concerned with sound as a material and the many ways it…

Webb-Ellis

British/Canadian duo Webb-Ellis work in film, installation and performance to tell stories with images and sounds in their multi-disciplinary environments. They are concerned with what…

William Matheson

In his two channel video work Para, William Matheson explores the many unsettling connotations of that prefix – including paranormal, paranoia and parasite. The video…

Yoshinori Niwa

The nonsensical actions depicted in Yoshinori Niwa’s performance, video and installation works raise questions of the relationship between the individual and the collective, and the…