Wig Sayell – England

Wig Sayell’s work is predominantly lens based, conceptual in its approach, and with an emphasis on experimental processes, both digital and traditional, and often combining the two. Much of it explores and references our historical relationship and ongoing perception of the landscape, and often how this is negotiated through the tourist industry, and the commodification of our environment.

Another key aspect of Wig’s work is a sense of ‘disruption’ within or around the image itself: kept edges of the negative, panelling, overlay of different images- a physical reminder that the image is merely a representation of a location in order to initiate a dialogue with the viewer.

Since graduation, from Nottingham Trent University, in 1995, Wig has been a practising artist, artist-in-residence, and a lecturer in Creative Arts. Her recent group exhibitions include ‘What to Look For’ Museum of English Rural Life, Reading in association with Ladybird Books (2013/4), ‘OPEN 2013’ at OVADA, Oxford, and ‘Fabric of the Land’ with the University of Aberdeen (2014). More recently at the Pitt Rivers Museum (University of Oxford), I exhibited site-specific work inspired by the museum’s collection and methods of display.

In 2016, Wig will visit Stwdio Maelor for the second time. This will give her the opportunity to revisit Cadair Idris, and to explore the local area in more detail.

image 3Chapel at Lower Corris – gum bichromate print

Top Image: Mynydd Moel, pinhole photograph