Alicia King is an interdisciplinary artist based in Australia. In 2009 Alicia was awarded a PhD from the University of Tasmania - Transformations of the flesh; rupturing embodiment through biotechnology - an artistic exploration of relationships between biotech practices and the physical, ethical and ritual human and animal body. She has undertaken biotech projects through artistic research at SymbioticA; the University of Tasmania School of Medicine; and the Vrij University Amsterdam.
Alicia has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally, most recently in MONANISM at the MONA Museum, Tasmania; VISCERAL, at Science Gallery, Dublin. Alicia has undertaken various Residencies including at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Foundation BAD, Rotterdam; SymbioticA, Western Australia; and in the Galapagos Islands. At Tokyo Wonder Site she will develop a new visual and conceptual mythology for technologically mediated and transformed flesh, drawing from historic and contemporary Japanese animism, which will continue through an Australia Council (OZCO) studio Residency in 2013. Alicia is one third of The Holy Trinity collaboration with artists Tricky Walsh and Mish Meijers.
About works / performance
As an interdisciplinary artist exploring biological relationships between humans, animals, and the wider environment, King's work involves that which generally lies outside the everyday category of the 'living'. In recent years she has developed biotech art projects, incorporating tissue culture techniques in sculptural and new media artworks. Incorporating sculpture, video, biotech, installation and performance, recent work explores relationships between biotech practices and the physical, ethical and ritual body. Often employing a dystopian vision, her work explores ideas autonomous growth, mutation and hybridity, and possibilities of life that transgress the familiar.
The Vision Splendid.
2011. Portable bioreactor, hand-blown glass, living human tissue (Hs 53.T cells), nutrient media, PGA polymer, polyurethane, modelling material. 2m x 1.5m x 1.5m
Delicacies of the dead.
2009. Glass, human tissue (the artist's cells and tissue, cultured from tissue taken by biopsy), hand-made glass bones, polyurethane, flock, rubber. 21cms x 14 cms (diam). Image: MONA/Peter Whyte.
2011. Video still. 50cm x 54cms.
The Holy Trinity.
2009. Performative installation. Dimensions variable. Image: Kevin Leong
2012. Copper sulphate crystals, balsa wood. 25cm x 20cm x 14cm.