Exhibition: Angela Palmer at Waterhouse & Dodd
Mapping is something of an obsession for
sculptor Angela Palmer (b.1957).
Although for many years her career was in
journalism, in 2002 she returned to education, taking a BA in fine
art at Ruskin College in Oxford followed by an MA at the Royal
College of Art.
Her career change has proved fruitful and
opening this week is the second solo exhibition of her work,
Life Lines, at London gallery Waterhouse
& Dodd from May 24 to June 15 at 26 Cork Street.
Palmer's sculptures could almost as easily
be described as drawings. Using digital information provided by MRI
and CT scans, they map the contours of her subjects - often the
head of a human or animal - engraved by hand using an electric
drill onto multiple panes of glass which are then placed together
to create a 3-D reconstruction. Fittingly, considering this
alliance of science and art, some of her work is now in the
collection of The Wellcome Trust in London.
She creates portraits by peeling back the
layers, and her subjects in this exhibition include the head of the
author Robert Harris, the head of Djeddejehutyiuefankh, an Egyptian
mummy from the 25th Dynasty now on show in the Ashmolean Museum in
Oxford, and Finding Goldilocks, based on NASA's Kepler
Mission to find potentially habitable planets outside our own solar
system, which charts different planetary systems, with each glass
sheet representing a further 250 light years from Earth.
The show includes 13 works, each one made
by the artist, although most are produced in a series of five, with
the exception of the Oxford Pig, which is the only one
Prices range from £4000 to £20,000.
Tel: 020 7734 7800.