Angela Palmer: Life Lines

Waterhouse & Dodd is delighted to present a solo exhibition of Angela Palmer, Life Lines, from 24 May to 15 June 2012.


Palmer’s work uses a unique form of mapping to create sculptures of multiple sheets of glass, built up plane by plane, delineating through line the complexity and elegance of the human body. From digital information provided by MRI and CT scanners she delivers visually arresting works of art. This new exhibition, Palmer’s second solo show at Waterhouse & Dodd, records this artistic journey through space and time, from Ancient Egypt to the eighteenth century to the present day. 


The Ashmolean Theban Priest is concerned with the mumification of the human body and captures a sensitive portrait of an Egyptian male, Djeddjehutyiuefankh, who died nearly 3000 years ago. The portrait is based on CT scans taken of the entire body of the mummy and was created with the Ashmolean Museum.


The skull of the legendary eighteenth century racehorse Eclipse is immortalised in a glass sculptural portrait. Eclipse was unbeaten in 18 races he ran between 1769 and 1771 with his descendants including Desert Orchid and Kauto Star. The skeleton of this infamous horse remains preserved at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and, here in this beautiful portrait, Palmer closes the gap between art and science.


Another human portrait depicted by Palmer is that of the author Robert Harris. In this case artist and sitter inspired each other. For his 2011novel, The Fear Index (out in paperback on 24 May 2012), Harris appropriated Palmer’s artistic techniques and applied them to Gabrielle, the artist wife of his anti-hero.  Palmer produced an intimate portrait of the author which is reproduced on the inside cover of the book.

Angela Palmer (b. 1957) lives and works in Oxford. Palmer has a BA in Fine Art from The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University and an MA from Royal College of Art, London.  Her work is included in the collections of the Ashmolean Museum, the Wellcome Trust, the Kenneth Clark Art Collection and the Institute of Medical Sciences. Palmer has exhibited in London, Copenhagen, Abu Dhabi, Oxford and Edinburgh. Life Lines is her second solo show at Waterhouse & Dodd.

Duration 24 May 2012 - 15 June 2012
Cost Free
Venue Waterhouse & Dodd
Address 26 Cork Street London W1S 3ND, ,
Contact +44 02077347800 / /

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