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Artist Katrina Palmer discusses her practice, key to which is a consideration of sculpture’s association with bodily presence on the one hand and death or memorial on the other.

Katrina Palmer proposes an expanded conceptualisation of sculpture, through writing. In The Dark Object (Book Works, 2010), sculpture’s awkward relationship with conceptual art is presented through a student’s carnal fantasies in an ideologically oppressive institution. A book of short stories, The Fabricator’s Tale, was published in 2014. Her most recent work, End Matter, is an Artangel commission combining an audio installation on Portland, Dorset, with a broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and a book published by Book Works (2015). Here the island of Portland is perceived as a sculptural form, shaped by quarrying, that in turn provides a volatile context for the fabrication of narratives.

Forthcoming is a solo show for The Henry Moore Institute, 2015. Other exhibitions include MirrorCity, Hayward Gallery, London (2014); Dr Sinclair’s Drawer, Flat Time House, London (2014); Reality Flickers, MOT International, London (solo: 2014), 21st Century, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2013); From Morn ‘Til Midnight, Supportico Lopez, Berlin (2013); The Weight of Living, MOT International, London (2012); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (solo: 2011). Palmer has contributed to other publications including The Object: Documents of Contemporary Art series, Whitechapel Gallery/MIT (2014) and Modern British Sculpture, Royal Academy of Art, London (2011).


Organised by Arnolfini, Bristol City Council, and the University of the West of England. Supported by Bristol City Council.

Free for UWE staff and students with ID. Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Box Office from 11am on the day of the event.

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