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Tessa Farmer

Tessa Farmer

Tessa Farmer lives and works in London. She is the great granddaughter of the influential writer of supernatural horror Arthur Machen. Her work, made from insect carcasses, bones, plant roots and other found natural materials, comprises complex installations and animations depicting Boschian battles between insects and tiny winged skeletal humanoids. Assembled with the detailed eye of a biologist, these sinister fairies are evolving at breakneck speed. Their corrupted skeletal humanity, imposed on insect dimensions, imparts a wilfully vicious direction to their actions. Focused on world domination, the fairies employ increasingly complex weaponry to rule and enslave by using insect stingers, hedgehog spine spears and seized biological pathways from the natural world such as parasitism. In recent installations, swarms of hymenoptera are directed to attack progressively larger prey.

  • 1978Born in Birmingham, England
  • 1997 - 2000BFA (Hons) in Fine Art (First Class), Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford
  • 2002 - 2003MFA in Fine Art, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford
  • 2007Arts Council England award for residency at the Natural History Museum
  • 2007The Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough Award (nominated)
  • 2011The Kindle Project Makers Muse Award
  • 2012A2IM Libera Music Awards, Creative Packaging Award (For Amon Tobin ISAM artwork )
  • 2013She obtains the Discerning Eye Meynell Fenton Purchase Prize
  • 2015She obtains the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Art Award
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Artworks selection
December 2016
Artworks selection"Animals will save the World", artworks, LKFF Art & Sculpture Projects

Press Release
November 2016
Press ReleaseExhibition "Animals will save the world" Group Show @ LKFF Art & Sculpture Projects

  • 2016Sneakyville, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum
  • 2016Pastoral Noir, Wood Street Galleries
  • 2016Field Days (touring, commissioned by Artsreach)
  • 2016Animalia, Sassoon Gallery
  • 2016Curio: Sites of Wonder, Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent
  • 2015Solo exhibition "In Fairyland",Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Natural History and Fine Art
  • 2015Solo exhibition "In Fairyland", Leeds College of Art (with Annelies Strba, Sverre Mälling, Su Blackwell and the Cottingley Fairies)
  • 2014Solo exhibition "Unwelcome Visitors", The Holburne Museum
  • 2012ISAM : Control Over Nature,collaboration with Amon Tobin, Spencer Brownstone Gallery
  • 2012Solo exhibition "From The Deep", Millennium
  • 2011Solo exhibition "The Coming of The Fairies", Viktor Wynd Fine Art
  • 2011Solo exhibition "Nymphidia", Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art
  • 2008Solo exhibition, Spencer Brownstone Gallery
  • 2007Solo exhibition "Little Savages", Natural History Museum
  • 2007Solo exhibition "Infestation", Chapter Arts Centre
  • 2006Solo exhibition "The Terror", Firstsite
  • 2002Solo exhibition "Touch Wood", Rochester Art Gallery
  • Saatchi Collection
  • David Roberts Collection
  • Libeert Collection
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • MONA (Museum of Old and New Art)
  • 21 Century Museum
  • George Hartman Collection