After forays into the realms of Molecular Biology, Parasitology and
Management Consultancy, Cheryl Field studied BA (Hons) Sculpture &
Environmental Art at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2007.
She went on to study for her Master of Fine Art at Goldsmiths
College, graduating in 2012.
Her first solo exhibition was in 2008 and she has continued to
exhibit her work widely. Recent exhibitions include ‘Ten Days in
Summer’ at The Queens Park Railway Club, Glasgow. ‘Resident 11’ The
Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture, Edinburgh.
‘Submit2Gravity’ at The Old Vic Tunnels, London and ‘Vestiges Park’
at Glasgow International 2010.
At the heart of Cheryl Field’s work is a scrutiny of the role that
science plays in creating a secular mythology in contemporary
culture. Thieving in equal part from the vernaculars of science fact
and science fiction, pre-human histories and post-human futures are
made manifest in the objects, videos and installations she creates.
Simultaneously corporeal and discorporate, Field’s works exist
in-between materiality: fleshy folds are made from slick plastics
and hand-blown glass; plaster casts from life are polished to a
perfectly skinless-surface; plucked and nibbled polyester foam
monstrosities ooze non-bodily-fluids across the gallery floor; solid
walls shimmer and scintillate. Ideas become matter, and matter
insinuates its squidgy, shiny and slippery way back into thought.
These things inhabit the margin between the unconscious and
conscious mind; where instinct becomes reason and intuition becomes
deliberation. It is here that the remnants of our physical histories
are at their most vivid. Field’s work draws us into own physical and
psychological apparatus as a way to reveal, and revel in, the veiled
processes that have formed us. In doing so she pushes us to consider
what it means to be human now and what will happen when humans
transcend biology and we create something better and brighter than