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Phoebe Boswell

Kenya 1982

Installation, Video Art, Drawing, Animation

Phoebe Boswell
Phoebe Boswell
December 28, 2015

Phoebe Boswell is an award-winning visual artist and animator, known for her charged, multi-sensory works always anchored to a personal exploration of home. With a heavy base in drawing and a formal background in Fine Art, Phoebe works between fine art and new media.

Art by Phoebe Boswell

Phoebe Boswell - Matatizo, 2015
Phoebe Boswell – Matatizo, 2015
Phoebe Boswell - In Case of Corporeality, 2015 - 1
Phoebe Boswell – In Case of Corporeality, 2015

Born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1982, Phoebe Boswell grew up as an expatriate in the Middle East before coming to London. She studied Painting at the Slade School of Art, graduating in 2005. Interested in finding a suitable medium for telling contemporary stories, she enrolled in an Animation course at Central St Martins where she mixed traditional hand-drawn animation with compositing, the latter process acting as an equally important creative methodology.

Transit Terminal installation

Phoebe Boswell - Transit Terminal, installation, 2014
Phoebe Boswell – Transit Terminal, installation, 2014

In 2014, Boswell created Transit Terminal – an installation which explores the transient territory of the migrant experience. Transit Terminal consists of twelve white, totemic plinths, with the powerful charcoal drawings of the African migrant in various archetypal guises, such as the kitenge-clad mama holding a rosary, the uniformed schoolgirl exuding hope-filled innocence, the middle-aged Arab/Indian gentleman, or the modern lady with relaxed hair. These figures can be seen only from the back, waiting. The anonymity interrupts empathic interaction, forcing the viewer to construct their own narratives as they stand amongst the figures, narratives that are undoubtedly articulated by their own position and sense of self-belonging within the city.

Pencil on paper

Phoebe Boswell - Mum's Feet, Grounded, 2014
Phoebe Boswell – Mum’s Feet, Grounded, 2014

Her moving-image installation – The Matter of Memory, was exhibited at Carroll/Fletcher Gallery in London in 2014 alongside John Akomfrah and Rashaad Newsome.

Boswell’s works have been exhibited in many collective and solo shows, including the ones held at Carroll/Fletcher, Kristin Hjellegjerde, the Royal Academy, Bonhams, and the Mall Galleries.

Phoebe Boswell currently lives and works in London, UK.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016The Matter of MemoryCircle Arts, NairobiSolo
2016Biennale of Moving ImageCentre d'Art Contemporain, GenevaGroup
2016Solo showKristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, LondonSolo
2016What About Africa? What About It?Witteveen Visual Art Centre AmsterdamGroup
2015The Lizards Within UsFourFOLD Enclave, LondonSolo
2015JourneysBla Stallet, GothenburgGroup
2015A Story Within A StoryGothenburg Biennale (GIBCA), Hasselblad Centre, GothenburgGroup
2015Summer ExhibitionFlorence TrustGroup
2015TALK: What's Love Got To Do With It? Symposium on TranslationAfrica Writes Festival, British Library, LondonGroup
2015Africa's Out! Fundraiser AuctionGladstone Gallery New YorkGroup
2015Winter OpenFlorence TrustGroup
2014Interchange Junctions5 Howick PlaceGroup
2014Trade RootsKristin Hjellegjerde GalleryGroup
2014The Matter of MemorySky Academy Arts, Carroll-Fletcher GalleryGroup
2012Whistling In The DarkKings ARI, MelbourneGroup
2012British Animation AwardsNational Film Theater, LondonGroup
2011Whistling In The DarkShoreditch Town Hall, LondonGroup
2011The Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2011Mall Galleries, LondonGroup
2011London International Animation FestivalBarbican Center, LondonGroup
2011Latitude FestivalHenham Park, SoutholdGroup
2011East End Film FestivalBrickhouse, LondonGroup
2011Get Well SoonXOYO, LondonGroup
2010Curiouser and CuriouserOld Vic TunnelsGroup
2010Jersey Branchage Film FestivalJersey, Channel IslandsGroup
2010Rushes Soho ShortsICA-Soho Film Lab, LondonGroup
20107th London Independent Film FestivalThe Roxy Cinema, BoroughGroup
2010British Animation AwardsNational Film Theatre, LondonGroup
2009MootC4RD, Centre For Recent Drawing, LondonGroup
2009KunskogFive Hundred Dollars Gallery, LondonGroup
2009Filmstock International Film FestivalThe Hat Factory, LutonGroup
2009Bradford Animation FestivalNational Media Museum, BradfordGroup
2009Norwich Film FestivalThe Forum, NorwichGroup
2009TranscriptionsSainsbury Wing, National Gallery, LondonGroup
2007Imagining OurselvesInternational Museum of Women, LAGroup
2007REPRESENTAl Riwaq Gallery, BahrainSolo
2007BahrainonaBahrain National Museum, BahrainSolo
2005Bright Young ThingsThe Marquee Club, LondonGroup
2005Inspired Art FairThe Bridge, LondonGroup
2005Young Collectors Party – Exhibit 05Bonhams Bond Street, LondonGroup
2005Never Ever LandThe Residence, LondonGroup
2005Royal Academy Summer ShowRoyal Academy, LondonGroup
2005Slade Summer ShowUniversity College, LondonGroup
2004TENAdhoc Gallery, LondonGroup
2004Paint LondonCandid Arts Trust, LondonGroup
2003Studio-ShowHunter Studios, New YorkGroup