DR. GEMMA ANDERSON

Egenis Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences, Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter and Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth University
g.e.anderson@exeter.ac.uk

Education

  • 2011-15 PhD in Drawing, University of the Arts London
  • 2005-07 MA Fine Arts Printmaking, Royal College of Art (Excellent Pass)
  • 2006 University College London, Anatomy for Artists Certificate
  • 2002-05 BA Fine Art, Falmouth College of Art (First Class Honours)
  • 2001 Foundation Studies in Art and Design, University of Ulster (Distinction)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019 Drawing Life’s Processes, The Drawing Hub, Berlin (Forthcoming)
  • 2018 Representing Biology as Process, The Royal Institution, London
  • 2017 Bio-Art and Architecture, Museum of Special Collections, University of Amsterdam
  • 2017 Isomorphology and Isomorphogenesis, Konrad Lorenz Institute, Klosterneuburg, Austria
  • 2016 Drawn Investigations from Art and Science, Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • 2014 Isomorphology – Riddles of Form, Galerie Thore Krietemeyer, Berlin
  • 2013 Isomorphology, Ebb&Flow Gallery, London
  • 2011 Drawing in the Natural Sciences, Jerwood Project Space, London
  • 2011 Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists, The Naughton Gallery, Queens University
  • 2010 Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists, Freud Museum, London
  • 2010 Drawings and Etchings of Ezo, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London
  • 2010 Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists Acme Project Space, London
  • 2010 Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists Globe Theatre, London
  • 2009 Drawing Ezo, Nepenthes Gallery, Sapporo, Japan
  • 2008 Potatoe in Bloom, Whitecross Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018      ‘Making Life Visible’, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Iowa
  • 2017       ‘On Growth and Form’, Special Collections Institute, University of Amsterdam
  • 2017       ‘Temporalities’, BKA-Veranstaltungsraum, Vienna
  • 2015-16  ‘Facing History’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • 2016       A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson, Edinburgh City Art Centre
  • 2015       ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’, Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry, N.Ireland
  • 2015       ‘Contemporary British Drawing in China’ Xi’an Academy of Fine Art, China
  • 2015       ‘A Call for Drawings’ MaHKU, University of the Arts Utrecht and UCL, London
  • 2014       ‘Drawing Making: Making Drawing’, The Drawing Room, London
  • 2013       ‘Coral’, Manchester Museum, Manchester
  • 2010       SKIN, Wellcome Collection, London

Peer Reviewed Articles, Book Chapters and Books

  • Anderson, G., 2017. Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science, Intellect Press.
  • Bapteste, E., Anderson, G. 2018 ‘Sketching a processual typology for evolutionary biology’, in Dupre, J and Nicholson, D (eds.) Process Philosophy for Biology, Oxford University Press.
  • Anderson, G., Jaeger, J., Verd, B., 2018 (Forthcoming) ‘Drawing to Extend Waddington’s Epigenetic Landscape’ MIT Press, Leonardo.
  • Anderson, G.,2018 (Forthcoming). ‘Inter-Objective Encounters: Creative Practice, Objecthood and Medico-Scientific Display’, chapter in edited book.
  • Anderson, G, 2016. ‘Drawing Resemblance and Isomorphology’, Architectural Theory Review 20(30) 336-349.
  • Anderson, G., Buck, D., Coates, T. and Corti, A. 2015 ‘Drawing in Mathematics: From Inverse Vision to the Liberation of Form’, MIT Press, Leonardo, 48 (5), pp. 439-448.
  • Anderson, G. 2016. ISOMORPHOLOGY: An Introduction to Principles and Practice, Journal of Zoology Blog. (Online Blog: https://jzoblog.wordpress.com/).
  • Anderson, G. and Corti, A. 2015 ‘Notes from an Artistic Collaboration’, in Emmer, M. and Abate, M. (eds.) Imagine Maths 4. UnioneMatematica Italiana; pp.72-82.
  • Anderson, G. 2014 ‘Endangered: A Study of Morphological Drawing in Zoological Taxonomy’ MIT Press, Leonardo, 47(3), pp. 232–240.
  • Anderson, G., Buck, D., Coates, T. and Corti, A. 2014 ‘Drawing in Mathematics: Geometry, Reasoning and Form’, TRACEY, (Online Journal: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/microsites/sota/tracey/journal/thin/2014/anderson.html).

Artist Books

Anderson. G, 2015 Isomorphology, Atlantic Press, Falmouth
Anderson. G, 2013 Isomorphology: An Introduction, Super Collider Press, London.
Anderson, G, 2013 Isomorphology (Exhibition Publication), London.
Anderson, G, 2011 Artist-in-Residence Publication, Jerwood Foundation, London.
Anderson, G, 2010 Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists, The Wellcome Trust, London.

Printed Materials

Morra, Joanne, 2015, Inside the Freud Museums: History, Memory and Site-Responsive Art
Jarron, Matthew, 2014 A Glimpse of a Great Vision: The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum Art Fund Collection, University of Dundee
Endt-Jones, M, 2013, Coral: Something Rich and Strange, Liverpool University Press
Maslen, M, Southern, J, 2011, Drawing Projects; An Exploration of the Language of Drawing, Black Dog Publishing, London
Richards, P, 2009 Isolated, The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.

Awards

2017-20  Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grant, “Representing Biology as Process” (co-investigator)
2017       KulturKontakt Art Residency, Vienna, Austria
2016       British Council Award, Artist in Residence, Northern Ireland Science Festival
2015       Falmouth University Research and Investment Scheme Award
2015       KALEID editions selection of Isomorphology Artists Book
2014       Collaborator on Leverhulme Research Programme Grant (P.I, Dr. Dorothy Buck, Imperial College)
2014       Falmouth University Research and Investment Scheme Award
2012       Leverhulme Artist in Residence Award, Imperial College London
2011       Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Pathways to Impact
2011       University College Falmouth, PhD Studentship Award
2011       Royal Society, Special Project Award
2010       Arts Council of Northern Ireland Individual Artist Award
2009       Wellcome Trust Arts Award
2009       Royal Hibernian Academy Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award
2008       Arts Council of Northern Ireland Individual Artist Award
2007       Mann Group Drawing Prize, Royal College of Art
2006       Mann Group Drawing Prize, Royal College of Art

Selected Residencies

  • 2018       Artist in Residence, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Iowa, US
  • 2017       KulturKontakt Art Residency, Vienna, Austria
  • 2017       Artist in Residence (collaborator), Barbican Centre, London
  • 2016       Konrad Lorenz Institute, Vienna, Austria
  • 2016       Artist in Residence, Northern Ireland Science Festival
  • 2016       Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Ireland
  • 2015       Kestle Barton, Rural Arts Centre, Cornwall
  • 2014       Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Ireland
  • 2013       D’Arcy Thompson Museum of Zoology, Dundee University
  • 2012       Leverhulme Artist in Residence, Imperial College, London
  • 2011       Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Ireland
  • 2010       Jerwood Foundation, Artist in Residence (Visual Arts), London
  • 2010       Acme Fire Station Residency, London
  • 2010       Arts Council of Northern Ireland, New York Residency
  • 2009       Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
  • 2009       Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Ireland
  • 2008       Intercross Creative Centre, Sapporo, Japan

Public Collections

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Wellcome Trust Collection, London
  • The Natural History Museum, London
  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast
  • Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection
  • MoMA Library Collection
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Library Collection
  • D’Arcy Thompson Museum, Dundee University
  • Braid Museum and Art Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • The Bethlem Museum, London

Selected Conferences and Research Presentations

  • 2018      Invited speaker, ‘Brain Visions: Geometry, Art and Symbolism’, Centre L’Oubradou, France
  • 2018      Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP): ‘Representing Biology as Process’
  • 2018      Process Biology: Final Conference of the ERC Project ‘A Process Ontology for Contemporary Biology’: Modular exhibition structure ‘Representing Biology as Process’
    The Royal Institution, London, 21-23/04/18
  • 2018      Society of the Philosophy of Information: ‘Drawing Information’
  • 2017      Paper and exhibition presentation at ‘On Growth and Form’ workshop, Lorentz Center, Snellius, Leiden University, Netherlands, 23-27th October 2017
  • 2017      Invited speaker, ‘Fabulous Alternatives’, Wellcome Trust, London, 30th March
  • 2017      Invited Speaker, London LASER, Central St Martins School of Art and Design, London, October
  • 2017      ‘Representing Biology as Process’, presentation for International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 16-21st July
  • 2017      Artists Talk, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, 28 May 2017
  • 2017      Artist Talk, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, 23rd May 2017
  • 2017      Artist talk, Ordering Nature: Fabulous Alternatives, part of “Making Nature: How we see animals”, Wellcome Collection and Grant Museum of Zoology, London
  • 2016     ‘Beyond Impact: Drawing as a way of knowing in Biological Sciences’, Keynote Lecture, Society for Experimental Biology, Charles Darwin House, London.
  • 2016      Artist talk, Artistic Research Cluster, Plymouth University
  • 2016     ‘Drawing as a way of knowing: artistic research and the intention to represent biology as process’, Konrad Lorenz Institute, Vienna
  • 2016     ‘Isomorphology’ Drawing workshop, The Big Draw Festival, Royal Society, London
  • 2015     ‘May the 4th be with you’ Science Museum LATES, Science Museum, London
  • 2015     ‘Drawing in the 4th Spatial Dimension’, workshop, Thinking Through Drawing Symposium, London
  • 2015     ‘The Art and Science of Modern Systematics’ Interdisciplinary Symposium, Hannover, Germany
  • 2014     Speaker, Panelist and Exhibitor, University Art Association Canada Conference, Toronto, Canada
  • 2014     Speaker, International Word and Image Association Conference, Dundee University
  • 2014     Speaker, Mathematics and Culture Conference, Institute of Science, Venice
  • 2014     Presenter, Big Draw Workshop, The Natural History Museum, London
  • 2013     Speaker, Drawing Research Network Conference, Metropolitan Museum, NYC
  • 2013     Guest Speaker, Cluster of Excellence, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
  • 2013     Presenter, Nature Live, Natural History Museum, London
  • 2012     Keynote: ‘Drawing in Mathematics’ at ‘Drawing in STEAM’ Conference, University of the Arts London
  • 2012     Speaker, ‘Drawing Out’ conference, University of the Arts London
  • 2012     Speaker, Drawing Research Network conference, Loughborough University
  • 2010     Speaker, National Portrait Gallery, ‘Contemporary Portrait Practices’ Seminar

Academic Posts and Experience

  • 2018      International Visiting Fellow, Grinell College, Iowa, US
  • 2017-20  Research Fellow, Egenis, Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences, and LSI, Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter
  • 2011–*  Lecturer of Drawing, Falmouth University
  • 2016–*  Artistic Research Fellow, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London
  • 2016–*  Honorary Research Fellow, Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences Egenis, University of Exeter
  • 2015     Drawing Studio Tutor, Royal College of Art
  • 2014     Visiting Lecturer MFA, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada
  • 2014     Visiting Lecturer, BA Drawing, Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London
  • 2013–* Guest Lecturer, ‘Science, Art and Design’ Module, Imperial College London

Selected Drawing Workshops and Courses

  • 2018      Weekend Enquiry: ‘Observation and Visualisation in Art and Science’ Camden Arts Centre, London
  • 2018     ‘Molecules of Life: Exploring Proteins through drawing, movement and origami’ The Eden Project, Cornwall
  • 2018     ‘Biology and Art: Investigations through drawing’: Three week intensive interdisciplinary course at Grinnell College, Iowa, US
  • 2018     Drawing Lab Series ‘Transformations of Light’, Vollmer Lab, Living systems Institute, University of Exeter
  • 2017      Drawing Lab Series ‘Choreographing Mitosis’, Wakefield Lab, Living systems Institute, University of Exeter
  • 2017     ‘On Growth and Form’ workshop, Lorentz Center, Snellius, Leiden University, Netherlands, 23-27th October 2017
    2016     ‘Isomorphology with the Natural History Museum collections’, The Big Draw Highlight Event, The Royal Society, London
  • 2016     ‘Isomorphogenesis: Drawing images of development’ Konrad Lorenz Institute, Vienna, Austria 2016 ‘Artistic fieldwork and plant identification in the field’ in collaboration with Dr. Colin French, as part of GROUNDWORK, Arts Council Funded Project
  • 2015     CMADC Workshop ‘The Isomorphology of the Lizard’ in collaboration with Dr. Colin French, Loe Bar and Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre, Cornwall
  • 2015     CMADC Workshop ‘Drawing in the Fourth Spatial Dimension’ in collaboration with mathematician Prof. Alessio Corti, Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre, Cornwall
  • 2015     CMADC Workshop ‘Drawing the Six Crystal Systems’ in collaboration with mineralogist Courtenay Smayle, Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre, Cornwall
  • 2015     CMADC Workshop ‘The Art and Science of Systematics’ in collaboration with Dr. Gavin Broad, Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre, Cornwall
  • 2015     ‘Observation, Microscopy and Morphology’ Royal College of Art in collaboration with Natural History Museum
  • 2015     ‘Drawing and Dance’ Collaboration with dancer Katrina Brown, Falmouth University
  • 2015     ‘Isomorphology workshop at Eden’ The Eden Project, Cornwall
  • 2015     ‘Drawing in the Fourth Spatial Dimension’, in collaboration with mathematician Prof. Alessio Corti, Thinking Through Drawing Symposium, The Bargehouse, Southbank, London
  • 2014     ‘Creative Morphology’ in ‘Drawing Making: Making Drawing’, Drawing Room, London
  • 2014     ‘Experimenting with observational drawing and algorithm in response to natural form’ The Big Draw, Natural History Museum
  • 2013     ‘Drawing resemblances of the Animal, Mineral, Vegetable’ Grant Museum, London
  • 2013     ‘Deconstructing Morphology’ Natural History Museum, Berlin
  • 2013     ‘Goethean observation and artistic fieldwork’ Cill Rialaig Art Project, Co. Kerry, Ireland
  • 2012     ‘Goethean observation and drawing in scientific practice’ Natural History Museum London (for NHM scientists)
  • 2011     ‘Drawing and Microscopy’ Biosciences Department, Exeter University
  • 2011     ‘Drawing Plant Form and Symmetry’ Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isles of Scilly

Professional and Community Services

  • 2018      Judge for the Big Draw Awards, London
  • 2017      Co-organiser, ‘On Growth and Form’ interdisciplinary conference, Lorentz Center, Snellius, Leiden University, Netherlands, 23-27th October 2017
  • 2017      PhD Examiner, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2017
  • 2016–    Founder and convener, ‘Art and Science Interest Group’, Natural History Museum, London
  • 2016–    Curator of online drawing research page for ‘The Big Draw’ organisation.
  • 2014-15 Founder and Director, Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre, CAST, Cornwall
  • 2015      Coordinator for Arts Stream, Interdisciplinary Symposium, Hannover, Germany
  • 2015–    Reviewer, Leonardo Journal, MIT Press
  • 2014–    Founder and convener of Falmouth University ‘Drawing Research in Art & Science Group’
  • 2014      Creative Exchange Affiliate, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter
  • 2014–    Reviewer, TRACEY Journal of Drawing Research

Academic Affiliations

  • 2018        International Visiting Scholar, Grinnell College, Iowa, US
  • 2017-20  Research Fellow, Egenis, Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences, and LSI, Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter
  • 2017        Fellow, Konrad Lorenz Institute, Klosterneuburg, Austria
  • 2017        RANE Research Associate, Falmouth University
  • 2016       Honorary Research Fellow, Egenis, University of Exeter.
  • 2016–*   Drawing Research Associate, The Big Draw
  • 2014–     Creative Exchange Affiliate, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter.

Other Qualifications

  •  2016-2018   Devon School of Yoga 500 Hours Teaching Training Diploma
  • 2002             Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) ‘World Youth Millenium Award’ Recipient