Lives and works at London
EDUCATION 2012-2014: Royal College of Art, MA Ceramics and Glass, Distinction 2007-2008: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), MA Chinese Art History 2006-2007: The British Museum, Asian Art Diploma, Distinction 2002-2005: Durham University, BA Anthropology & Psychology SELECTED EXHIBITIONS September 2017: Solo exhibition at M12 Gallery, Rome May 2017: Brink Launch Exhibition, Marylebone March 2017: Three100, Second Floor Studios, London December 2016: Selected as a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors October 2016: Platform at Leyden Gallery, London September 2016: Ode to Erin, Installation at Town House, Spitalfields August 2016: Lunar Observation and exhibition at Ace Hotel, London, with Super Collider August 2016: Sea Empress publication, Tide edition June-September 2016: Monochrome, Musgrove Gallery June 2016: AAF, Hampstead, London April 2016: Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection September/October 2015: Quartz exhibition, Somerset June 2015: Affordable Art Fair, London March/April 2015: Arte Laguna Prize, Arsenale, Venice January 2015: Black Swan Arts, Bath; winner of the Black Swan Arts prize and Glass Hub Award October 2014: Neo Craft, Arebyte Gallery, Hackney Wick June 2014: Royal College of Art Graduate Show, Battersea April 2014: Ceramic Art London, Kensington Gore March 2014: As Is the Sea, Darwin Gallery, Kensington (exhibition and publication) December 2013: Anima, Caroline Gardens Chapel, Peckham November 2013: Progression, Open house exhibition, SW5 October 2013: In the Night, exhibition and album launch
Isobel Church is a London-based mixed media sculptor and painter, who has recently completed an MA with distinction at the Royal College of Art. Her work sits somewhere between fable and science, fiction and observation. With a background in Anthropology and Chinese art, these explorations draw on symbolic language and mythological landscapes, often relating to the hypnotic aspects of scientific mapping and discovery. Combining traditional techniques with new technologies, the works include a variety of materials, from porcelain and Chinese ink to concrete and found objects. Church is interested in how an object can bring the unfathomably large or ancient into the realm of the intimate and familiar, creating tactile connections with that which is vast, distant or ineffable. There’s a certain power in knowing that a tangible object corresponds to the craters and crevasses of the moon. By repositioning an astronomical aspect and placing it alongside something which occupies a very different scale, a piece can in a sense exist in two different places at once, evoking imaginary travel and quantum mechanics.