The Matter of Memory. Multimedia Installation 2014. Image courtesy of GIBCA 2015. Installation view Hasselblad Center. Photo:  Hendrik Zeitler
Somerset House Studios resident

Phoebe Boswell

Visual artist and filmmaker

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Phoebe Boswell was born in Nairobi to a Kikuyu mother and fourth generation British Kenyan father, and brought up as an “expatriate” in the Middle East before coming to London. Her history – her identity – is rooted in transient middle points and passages of migration, and her trajectory is always anchored to a personal exploration of “home”, combining traditional draftswomanship and digital technology to create drawings, animations and installations in order to communicate global, fragmented narratives.

The Matter of Memory. Multimedia Installation 2014. Image courtesy of GIBCA 2015. Installation view Hasselblad Center. Photo:  Hendrik Zeitler  . Video: Prologue: The Lizard of Unmarriedness (It's All About How You Tell It)  Looped film 6mins 7secs 2015
The Matter of Memory. Multimedia Installation 2014. Image courtesy of GIBCA 2015. Installation view Hasselblad Center.

Phoebe will continue to explore layered methods of storytelling, focusing on developing/incorporating new skills around coding and interactivity into her practice whilst in residence.

Transit Terminal. MDF, charcoal, pastel, installation. 2014 Image courtesy of HS Projects. Photo: Sylvain Deleu
Transit Terminal. MDF, charcoal, pastel, installation. 2014 Image courtesy of HS Projects. Photo: Sylvain Deleu

Boswell’s ‘The Matter of Memory’ draws attention to the continued critical significance of human subjectivity, and memory-work, as a counterpoint to the tyranny of singular, overarching narratives.

Writing In Relation
Image 4: Stranger in the Village GBG. 2015. Pencil on paper/wall installation.
Image 4: Stranger in the Village GBG. 2015. Pencil on paper/wall installation.