Caryn Simonson is curious about people, their clothes, bodies, passions, harbouring secret lives or holding allegiance to social groups. Her work has centred around the performance of gender, sexuality, the subversion of identity, clothing and the body. She is interested in –˜transformation' or re-presentation of objects and images which render the functional dysfunctional. She has exhibited work ranging from performance, video, installation, photography, to sculptural objects. She has organised projects and written essays on aspects of the body and new technologies.
Born 24th September 1965
2005-current Course Leader for BA (Hons) Contemporary Textile Practices
Norwich School of Art & Design.
2000.2005Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies/ Lecturer on MA Textile Futures
Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design
2002.4Lecturer for BA Textiles, Goldsmith's College
1998/9 Guest professor textiles, Universitaet Gesamthochschule, Kassel.
2001 Photographic work shown in Britism, Notting Hill, London
1999 – 2000 –œNeid @home– – Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1998-99 "History : Image-based Art in Britain in the late 20th Century "
National Tour : to Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Cartwright Hall Bradford, Orleans House, Twickenham, Towner, Eastbourne, York City Art Gallery, Laing Gallery, Newcastle
–œControl– – Buffalo group Photography exhibition, Arts Council funded
1998London Printworks Trust, Brixton, London
1997 "Translation" - On Gallery, Poznan, Poland
1996 'Encounter' - Tavistock Centre for Psychotherapy, London
1996 'Immaterial' - Québec Government House, London
1995 'Immaterial' - VAV Gallery, University of Concordia, Montréal
1995 'Immaterial' - Goldsmith's College, University of London
Public Collections Work in MAG Collection, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
2007 Arttransponder Gallery, Berlin funding for exhibition
2006 Research funding - Norwich School of Art and Design , Skin and Cloth project
1997 A4E Lottery funding through the Arts Council of England for :
"She hasn't switched it on yet..." presented by Loudmouths
1998 A4E funding for photographic exhibition –˜Control', London Printworks Trust
Sept. 2005 Commissioned essay -–˜Reveal' exhibition, Nottingham Castle Museum Gallery Subject: feltmaker/artist Heather Belcher's work
July 2005 Review Article of artist Laura Ford's work in Textile : the Journal of Cloth and Culture, Berg publishers
Sept/Oct. 2004 Review –˜Craig Fisher: Aftermath',Studio Voltaire, London in Selvedge, issue 02, p.87, (ISSN: 1742-254X)
1997 Audio and Video guide contributor , "History", The MAG Collection
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
The Mouth Salon/"She hasn't switched it on yet...", presented by
Loudmouths, Backspace, London, funded by Arts Council.
1996 'Hidden Garments', Women's Art Magazine, Jan. / Feb. 1996, p.28
1996 Paper : 'Communicating the Body' - European Textile Network , Manchester Metropolitan University, papers -ISBN 2-9802383-8-4
1995 'Cheap Frills : Virtual Thrills', Textiles Sismographes - ISBN 1 900601 00 1
Conseil des Arts Textiles du Québec, Montréal
1995 Paper : 'Cheap Frills : Virtual Thrills'
Embodied Knowledge and Virtual Space, Goldsmith's College, London