Alicia King is an interdisciplinary artist exploring perceptions of technology and biology. Recent projects respond to a global engagement with new technology that places us eternally on the brink of the ‘future’. This idea preoccupies King’s ongoing practice, exploring the transformative potential of biological matter in humans and the wider environment. Her practice has examined tools of biological technologies, as a way to explore contemporary perspectives of the human body as a conceptually loaded, transformative, raw material.
In 2009 she was awarded a PhD for Transformations of the Flesh; Rupturing Embodiment through Biotechnology, an artistic exploration of relationships between biotech practices and the physical, ethical and ritual body.
The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, NYC published Alicia's work The Vision Splendid in their recent publication Bio Design: Nature + Science + Creativity, by William Myers.
Alicia is recipient of numerous grants awards and residencies throughout Australia, Europe and Asia, including the Australia Council (OZCO) Tokyo Studio Residency, and Asialink Tokyo Wonder Site Residency; the Rosamond McCulloch Studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Residency in the Galapagos Archipelago, South America; and Foundation BAD, Netherlands.
She has been involved in a range of collaborative projects internationally, including with OLTA (Tokyo), Andreas Greiner (Germany), and locally with The Holy Trinity (with Mish Meijers and Tricky Walsh), and 6A ARI projects.
King's work is held in a number of collections including MONA Museum and Fehily Contemporary Collection.
Above image: Future/future/future. 2018. Hand-carved balsa wood. 80 cm x 65 cm. Photo: Matt Stanton