Romily Alice Walden
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Romily Alice Walden is a transdisciplinary artist working across sculpture, installation, text and publishing, all with a research-led and socially-engaged working methodology. Her practice centres a queer, disabled perspective on bodies, landscapes and community.

Romily Alice Walden’s work is concerned with physicality and its interplay with other social categorisations and power differentials. At the core of her practice is an interrogation of contemporary embodiment and its relation to the Post-Internet age. Her work questions contemporary western society's relationship with care, tenderness and fragility in relation to our bodies, our communities and our ecosystem. ‍ These themes are explored with a focus on the IRL/URL paradigm; Romily is interested in our ability to navigate the progressively interwoven online and offline facets of our lived experience, examining the effect of this progression on the way that we understand physicality, interdependency and vulnerability. ‍ As a queer, disabled artist, Romily is interested in the production of the ‘other’; her work seeks to explore the power of 'othered' bodies to instigate changes in perception and normative cultural discourse. The vulnerability of the body has served as a focus for her practice since 2017; her most recent work seeks to disturb overly simplistic understandings of the disabled body, looking to bring an ethic of care, a connection between the land and the body, and a cripped concept of performance into conversation with her practice. ‍ Walden's research interests include: cyborg theory, disability theory, crip theory, queer theory, feminist futurism, post-humanism, autoethnography and utopian/dystopian futures. ‍ Her practice spans installation, sculpture, performance, text, video and coded arduino control systems, all of which is undertaken with a socially-engaged and research-led working methodology.

Artwork

Utopias (IRL//URL), Phosphor coated glass tubing, argon gas, mercury, blockout paint, acrylic housing, arduino controlled sensors., 2017

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My Body Is The House That I Live In, Phosphor coated glass tubing, argon gas, mercury, blockout paint., 2019

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My Body Was A River, Single channel video. 1m11s. + coded text to audio transcript., 2018

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Border Crossings // I Am Here, Single channel video. 1m19s. + coded text to audio transcript., 2018

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A Primer on Working With Disabled Group Members for Feminist / Activist Groups.‘ , 12 page, A4 risograph publication., 2018

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Remedial Geologies III, 8mm clear glass tubing, argon gas, mercury, HT cable., 2018

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Potential Future Performances I, Digitally-rendered sculpture, audio performance and text-to-audio transcript., 2018

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Crip Ecologies, Glass, soil, rocks, plant life, animal specimens, formalin, isopropyl alcohol., 2018

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Always Turned On, Phosphor coated glass tubing, argon gas, mercury, blockout paint, acrylic housing, arduino controlled sensors., 2017

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Neon Portraits, 2016

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Previous projects

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CV - December 2018

01/01/2015 to 24/12/2018

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