For NotFair 2021, Alicia King presents a new series of tactile sculptural works using elemental materials and natural forces, including iron and magnetism. Each piece is titled with the coordinates of one of the world’s largest iron deposits, thought to have come to Earth via possible supernovas (PSNs).
Driven by an ongoing fascination with natural phenomena, King’s practice explores the intersections of nature, technology and the sublime. Through an alchemical approach to materiality and process, her work uses diverse technologies to create new representations of the natural environment. A key element of her practice is an exploration of the transformative potential of biological matter, within ideologies of technological supremacy and deep ecological time.
King holds a PhD for Transformations of the Flesh; Rupturing Embodiment through Biotechnology. The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, NYC featured her work in its publication Bio Design: Nature + Science + Creativity, by William Myers. King’s work has also appeared in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture, New Scientist and WIRED Magazine.
King has exhibited within Australia and internationally. She has been shortlisted for awards including the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, The Georges Mora Fellowship, and the National Small Sculpture Award, and has been granted residencies including the Australia Council’s Tokyo Studio Residency; the Asialink Tokyo Wonder Site Studio; and the Rosamond McCulloch Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Her work is held in collections including the MONA Museum.