Ocean Baulcombe-Toppin
Former Somerset House Studios resident

Ocean Baulcombe-Toppin

Through a gentle and meditative process, Ocean Baulcombe-Toppin utilises art practice to explore her spirituality, heritage and rituals for solace.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Ocean Baulcombe-Toppin is an artist of multiple diaspora who researches what it means to 'be' through poetic and minimal practice. Born and raised in London with dual British and Black Caribbean ancestry, she works butterfly-like with found objects to craft a contemporary philosophy inspired by her spirituality, heritage, and rituals for collective healing.

Embedded with personal, historical, and theoretical material, each object is carefully selected, creating a personal practice enriched with conceptual prose. The past, the present and the future are forever connected.

Recent presentations of her work include exhibitions at Harlesden High Street (2021), the South London Gallery (2020) and the Freud Museum (2020). She is an Associate Lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts.

Her focus during the residency is to explore the hybrid space of the mystical, the mundane and the remedial through sculptural form in the context of London society today, culminating in a group show at Gallery 31.