Sarah Chapman, Director of Peninsula Arts and co-curator of Mariner: a painted ship upon a painted ocean leads a discussion on the work of artist Grace Schwindt and researcher Dr Philippe Blondel. Drawing on the context of the exhibition and their shared lines of enquiry, the conversation will explore Schwindt’s new commission and Blondel’s experimental research and fieldwork in marine environments.
Image credit: Mariner: a painted ship upon a painted ocean, Installation View. Photograph by Paul Blakemore.
Dr Sarah Chapman is an artist, curator and director of Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth. As the curator of Mariner: A painted ship upon a painted ocean, she is interested in interdisciplinary art forms and working with artists to open up new perspectives across history and the contemporary. Sarah was the executive director of the Moby-Dick Big Read between 2012- 2014 and received the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts for the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival in 2011.
Grace Schwindt is a German artist based in London, working with film, live performance and sculpture. She studied Photography at the University of Westminster and Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Recent exhibitions include: In Silence at Rozenstraat – a rose is a rose is a rose, Amsterdam (2019); Five Surfaces All White at Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2019); Silent Dance at Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp (2018); Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society at Institute for Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, Bath (2016); Run a Home, Build a Town, Lead a Revolution. An Exhibition in Three Acts at Museum of Contemporary Arts, Vigo, Spain (2016).
Dr Philippe Blondel is a Senior Lecturer in Physics at the University of Bath. His research interests include underwater acoustics and ocean science, with a focus on remote sensing and innovative imaging. He has field experience in all oceans except the Antarctic, from polar fjords and whale habitats to mid-ocean ridges and deep seas. Philippe is co-founder and Deputy Director of the Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (FIOA) and Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS).