Strong & Unstable II

  • New work from the Capricious Cartography series
  • Sculpture in the City launches on 30 June
  • Watch a London Live video – with a brief appearance from me

I hope you’ll be able to make it to see my latest work, A Worldwide Web of Somewheres, in Leadenhall Market until May 2019.

Photo © Nick Turpin
Marshall Islands Stick Chart. Couldn’t find an image of a fishing net-map. Perhaps I imagined it.

For some time I’ve been trying to find ways of making maps that are more mutable, shifting and unstable than traditional cartography (whose roots are often in authoritarian boundary-marking)

This work is partly inspired by Polynesian fishing nets, which I’ve been led to believe were also maps of wind and sea currents. In their lines and nodes, these nets reveal an unseen natural infrastructure that conditions the course of journeys, that allowed their creators to navigate vast oceanic distances.

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Sculpture in the City

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been selected to participate in Sculpture in the City, a cultural initiative that turns the City of London to an urban sculpture park.

Exceptionally for this programme, which usually showcases already-existing works, I will be making this installation specifically for this site, Leadenhall Market, in the heart of the City.

Leadenhall Market.

The new work will be from my Capricious Cartography series – handwoven nets inspired by Polynesian fishing net-maps – which was developed from a Venice fellowship with the British Council.

Sculpture in the City launches to the public on 30 June and the new work will be up until May 2019.

This year, artists participating include Marina Abramovich, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas. Previous years have featured Yayoi Kusuma, Ai Wei Wei and Anish Kapoor.

The selection jury this year was Iwona Blazwick (Director Whitechapel Gallery), Stephen Feeke (Director New Art Centre), Jane Allison (Head of Galleries Barbican) Wendy Fisher (Art Collector and Philanthropist), Robert Hiscox (Honorary Chairman Hiscox), and Whitney Hinz (Hiscox Curator).


Official Press Release (PDF)

Lacuna Projects newsletter

Last year’s programme (PDF)

“A spider in a worldwide web of somewheres, London caught the world in lines of news.”
      – Maya Jasanoff, The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World

Unreal Estates, an exhibition and website

I’ve just been awarded Arts Council funding to curate an exhibition and website about domestic interiors.

Six London-based painters will each work with a writer, together looking at a property being advertised within a mile of Homefinders Estate Agents, London E8 (where the final exhibition will take place). Working together, they will create an interpretation, story or narrative about this property – expressed through a series of images and a short text.

I’m incredibly excited to work with these artists and writers, each of whom makes brilliant work and I’m looking forward to seeing what they produce together.

Check out their work:

Writers: Martin Jackson, John Z. KomurkiPortals of London, Karina Lickorish Quinn.

Artists: Hannah Bays, Dawn Beckles, Elysia Byrd, Héloïse Delègue, Brian McKenzie, Anna Jung Seo. (click to enlarge)

Part of the idea will be to tour this to other cities, with each iteration featuring local artists and writers.


Unreal Estates has launched! Please check out the website or read more about the project here.

British Airways Front Cover

British Airways have commissioned a short film about me and my practice:

It accompanies an artwork I created for the front cover of their First Class mag which uses the sculptural language developed in my series The Skyscraper Index to depict a fictive tower.

My studio in Wapping is halfway between London’s two skyscraper districts – the City of London and Canary Wharf. For this film we took a walk around the City on a cloudy day, and then visited the Stoke-on-Trent factories who make my metal sculptures. Lots of fun.

Other artists who have participated in this series include Rebecca AckroydAlex Chinneck and Phoebe Cummings. The editors have great taste!

The free iPad app features an interview and fancy animated cover (above). To download the app, click here. To read the interview, click here.

The Rebellious Script

Now extended: The Rebellious Script, a show I put together with Geoff Titley for ArtLicks Weekend 2017. Runs until 7 October at A/Side B/Side Gallery in Hackney.

The show’s title, The Rebellious Script, is a term borrowed from Yuval Noah Harari’s 2011 book Sapiens describing the ‘partial script’ of maths and accountancy. Harari explains that while this incomplete script is unable to describe the full gamut of human interaction, it has nevertheless come to dominate our worldview.

Autumn Exhibitions

– Solo and duo presentations this month
– LORDSHIP included in group shows

I’m delighted to invite you to two exhibitions in London this Autumn:

The Cartographer Tries to Map her Way to Deptford | A site specific installation woven over a cafe courtyard on Deptford High Street

The Rebellious Script | A two-person show featuring photographic installation (Geoff Titley) and machine-cut sculpture (Amanda Lwin)

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Strong & Unstable

I’m spending June in Venice on a Fellowship with the British Council. I spend half the time looking after the British Pavilion as part of the Biennale and the other half doing my own research.

The artist showing this year at the British Pavilion is Phyllida Barlow. When I started, I wasn’t especially fond of her works so it’s been an interesting experience spending so much time in their company. More and more, I feel like they want to get up and start jumping and dancing around the space. So I made these gifs.

Wobbly Barlow no. 1

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Her sculptural language works as a surprisingly potent metaphor for these uncertain, unreal times. See more gifs:
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Saltaire Mantel

The hearth and the fireplace are as close as the contemporary secular Western dwelling comes to a shrine… the site of celebration and ritual” – Edwin Heathcote, The Meaning of Home

I enjoyed my weekend showing at Helena’s and Neil’s terraced house in the model town of Saltaire, Yorkshire as part of the Open Houses Arts Trail. Neil’s family was in the Merchant Navy and many of these trinkets are geniunely old. I thought they complemented the set-up quite nicely.