Alicia King is an interdisciplinary artist based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. Her work is driven by an ongoing fascination with natural phenomena and the re-thinking and working of our material reality. Within this context King explores broad 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, framed within ideologies of technological supremacy, deep ecological time and cultural mythologies of the ‘future’.
She holds a PhD from the University of Tasmania for Transformations of the Flesh; Rupturing Embodiment through Biotechnology.
The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, NYC feature Alicia's artwork in their book Bio Design: Nature + Science + Creativity, by William Myers. King’s work also appears in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture, New Scientist and WIRED Magazine.
King has exhibited within Australia and internationally. She is winner of the Arkley Award 2021, and the MONA Museum Scholarship, and has been shortlisted for awards including the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, The Georges Mora Fellowship, the National Small Sculpture Award, and the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, and has been granted residencies including the Australia Council's Tokyo Studio Residency; the Asialink Tokyo Wonder Site Studio; the Rosamond McCulloch Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Foundation BAD, Netherlands; Organ Haus, China and Urban Glass, New York. King's work is held in a number of collections including the MONA Museum, the National Gallery of Australia Collection (artwork collab w Mish Meijers and Tricky Walsh), the Ken Fehily Collection and the Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne.
King curated New Alchemists exhibition, featuring Australian and international artists exploring ideas of futuristic biologies and post-human engagements within the broad intersections of art and science. New Alchemists toured to The University of Queensland Art Museum, Flinders University City Gallery, Devonport Regional Art Gallery and the Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart. The show was reviewed in Artlink magazine, Art AsiaPacific and Art Guide Australia.
She has been involved in a range of collaborative projects internationally, including with OLTA (Tokyo) and locally with The Holy Trinity (w Mish Meijers and Tricky Walsh), and 6A ARI projects.
Above image: PSN-49.600000, 107.016700, 2021, metals, polymers, timber frame, 46cm x 35cm. Showing at NotFair Art Fair, Melbourne, 20 - 30 May 2021.
Photo: Matthew Stanton