Dr Gemma Anderson

Job title
Lecturer, BA(Hons) Drawing
Email
gemma.anderson@falmouth.ac.uk

Anderson is an artist, researcher and university lecturer whose practice is at the interface of art, science and philosophy. With an original focus on drawing as epistemology for morphology and as an alternative approach to classification, she has successfully collaborated on a number of innovative art/science projects. These include ‘Hidden Geometries’ (Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Award 2012) in collaboration with the Mathematics Department at Imperial College London; ‘Isomorphology’ and the ‘Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre’ (Falmouth University Research and Innovation Award, 2014+2015) in collaboration with the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, London; and ‘Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists’ (Wellcome Trust Arts Award 2009) in collaboration with psychiatrists and patients at Bethlem Royal Hospital. After studying Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art and Falmouth University and working on different collaborative projects with mathematicians and natural scientists, she went on to complete a practice based PhD at the University of the Arts London (2015). She was artist in residence for the Northern Ireland Science Festival (2016) and is currently artist in residence at Imperial College (Mathematics department). She has received several prizes and grants such as the Leverhulme Artist in Residence Award, the Wellcome Trust Arts Award, the Thomas Dammann Memorial Trust Award and the Arts Council Individual Artist Award. Her work has been exhibited widely, as for example at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Freud Museum and the Wellcome Collection, London and in her recent solo exhibition ‘Isomorphology’ in London and Berlin. She is Lecturer of Drawing at Falmouth University, Cornwall, honorary research fellow at Egenis (Centre for the study of life Sciences), University of Exeter and Drawing Research Associate for The Big Draw UK. She has been a keynote speaker at the International Thinking Through Drawing Symposium, London. Recent publications include ‘On Drawing and Mathematics: From Inverse Vision to the Liberation of Form’ and ‘Endangered: A study of the Declining Practice of Morphological Drawing in Zoological Taxonomy’, Leonardo Journal, MIT Press and ‘Drawing Resemblance and Isomorphology’, Architectural Theory Review, Taylor and Francis. Alongside academic publications, Anderson has produced a limited edition Artist’s Book series including ‘Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists’ Wellcome Trust, London, and ‘Isomorphology’ with Super-Collider, London and Atlantic Press, Cornwall.

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
2007
MA Printmaking
Royal College of Art
2005
BA(Hons) Fine Art
Falmouth College of Art
2001
Foundation Studies
Ulster University

Honours and awards

YearDescription
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 London – 5yrs)

2012

Leverhulme Artist in Residence Award

2011

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Pathways to Impact grant

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

Sapporo Artist-in-Residence (S-AIR) Award

2008

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Individual Artist Award

2005

Originals Print Exhibition Student Award

2007

Corbett Projects and Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Award for Drawing

2007

Man Group Drawing Prize Winner, Royal College of Art

2006

Royal West of England Student Award

2006

Man Group Drawing Prize Winner, Royal College of Art

2005

Franz Zweig Foundation Student Award

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

I work with the themes of morphology and drawing as parallel dynamic processes, exploring intuitive and rule based re-combinations of form through experimental drawing methodologies. My key questions are; How can we understand morphology through drawing? And, what contribution can the artist make - representationally, analytically, in terms of interpretation and critique - to the advancement of knowledge of the natural world through drawing; especially drawing effected in collaboration with scientific practices and instrumentation? As an artist, my practice places artistic research in a scientific context through collaborations with scientists and institutions in London (NHM/Imperial College) and Berlin (NHM/Humboldt University). This interdisciplinary exchange, led by drawing and dialogue stimulates questions about ways to integrate museum and laboratory practices into artistic practice and modes of display.

Research centre and group affiliations

DiaGram

Research topics

Drawing
Art and Science
Epistemology
Collaboration

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Article

Anderson, Gemma (2014) Endangered: A study of the declining practice of morphological drawing in Zoological Taxonomy. Leonardo, 47 (3). pp. 232-240. ISSN 0024-094X Item not available from this repository.

Exhibition

Anderson, Gemma (2013) Isomorphology. [Exhibition]
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Anderson, Gemma (2010) Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists. [Exhibition]
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Events

YearDescription
2014

Artists Talk and Drawing Workshop, The Drawing Room, London

2014

Invited speaker, Mathematics and Culture Conference, Venice

2014

Invited speaker, Egenis Research Centre, Exeter University

2013

Artists Talk with Collaborators; Mathematicians Tom Coates and Dorothy Buck, Imperial College London

2013

Invited speaker, Drawing Research Network Conference, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

2013

Invited guest speaker, Das Interdisziplinäre Labor - Bild Wissen Gestaltung / Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An interdisciplinary Laboratory, Cluster of Excellence, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin

2013

Observation and Morphology Drawing Workshop (for scientists), Natural History Museum London and Natural History Museum Berlin

2013

Artists Talk: Gemma Anderson in conversation with Johanna Zinecker (Humboldt University), Galerie Thore Krietmeyer, Berlin

2013

'Creative Morphology and Drawing', Workshop, Natural History Museum, London

2013

'Artistic Research in a Scientific Context' Science Uncovered Festival, Natural History Museum, London

2013

'Goethe and Morphology - Drawing Methods' Natural History Museum, Berlin

2013

Nature Live, Natural History Museum, London

2013

Isomorphology Workshop, Grant Museum, University College London

2012

Keynote: 'Drawing in Mathematics: Geometry, Reasoning, Language and Form' with Tom Coates (Geometer, Imperial College), Dorothy Buck (Topologist, Imperial College) and Alessio Corti (Geometer, Imperial College) at 'Drawing in STEAM' Conference, Wimbledon College of Art

2012

'Endangered: A study of the declining practice of morphological drawing in Zoological Taxonomy', 'Drawing Out' conference, University of the Arts, London

2012

'Resemblance perception as epistemic drawing process: Rashleigh's Mineral Nicknames', Drawing Research Network conference, Loughborough University

2012

'Drawing and Bioscience', presenter, NISP, UCF

2010

'Contemporary Portrait Practices' Seminar, guest speaker, National Portrait Gallery

2010

Artist-in-Residence Talk, Jerwood Visual Arts

2010

Artists Talk, The Freud Museum

2010

Humanties Seminar, main speaker, Kings College London

2010

Artists Talk, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

2010

Artists Talk, 'How the Light Gets In' Philosophy Festival, Hay on Wye Festival

2010

Artists Talk and Publication Launch, Gallery and Museum, Bethlem Royal Hospital

2010

Artists Talk, Dickon Hall Fine Art, Belfast

2009

Guest speaker, Institute of Forensic Psychiatry, Annual Conference, Dublin

2009

Interview with Riflemaker Gallery, Psychiatry Trainee Conference, London

2008

An Experiment In Collaboration - Panel discussion, Jerwood Visual Arts

Externally funded research grants information

Year startingYear endingProject titleFunderValueCollaboratorsHESA Category
2009
2011
Portraits; Patients and Psychiatrists
The Wellcome Trust, Arts Award
£30,000

Dr Tim McInerny

3 UK-based charities - Other
2012
2013
Hidden Geometries
The Leverhulme Trust, Artist in Residence Award
£12,500

Dr Tom Coates, Dr Dorothy Buck, Professor Alessio Corti

3 UK-based charities - Other

Teaching

Areas of teaching

BA(Hons) Drawing
BA(Hons) Fine Art
MA Printmaking
MA Fine Art

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Drawing
BA(Hons) Fine Art

Professional engagement

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