Creature design: ex femina

Chalmers, Rosemary (2019) Creature design: ex femina. Leeds Arts University Gallery.

Abstract

The output is a creative project exploring eco-feminist perspectives on creature design. Chalmers has produced a sizeable body of creature designs for a variety of commercial opportunities and personal inquiries, and wanted to position this alongside select examples by international artists whose work has been crucial to her development. Research process: Building on an existing body of work on the theme of speculative biology and concerns around biodiversity, Chalmers wanted to position her research-practice in context to internationally renowned feminist concept artists: Terryl Whitlatch, Brynn Metheney, Kate Pfeilschiefter and Iris Compiet. Research insights: The project is contributing to definitions of Creature Design as a distinct discipline. Drawing on science, art and design, ex femina inquiries into women’s experience, understanding and positioning of this practice. Dissemination: The research was disseminated via peer-reviewed exhibition, ‘Creature Design: ex femina’, at Leeds Arts University Gallery, 29 August – 10 October 2019. Chalmers previously evolved her idea through ‘Women World Builders’, a one-day research forum, also at Leeds Arts University, 21 September 2018.

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