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’.
King holds a PhD from the University of Tasmania 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 book Bio Design: Nature + Science + Creativity, by William Myers. Other publications include The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture and New Scientist.
King has participated in exhibitions and residencies throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, and the USA including the Australia Council Tokyo Studio Residency, and Asialink Tokyo Wonder Site Residency; the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; the Galapagos Archipelago (self-directed Australia Council funded residency); Foundation BAD, Netherlands; Organhaus, China, and Urban Glass, Brooklyn.
She has been involved in a range of collaborative projects internationally, including with OLTA (Tokyo), as one third of The Holy Trinity (collab with Mish Meijers and Tricky Walsh), and 6A ARI projects.
King’s work is held in collections including the MONA Museum Collection, the National Gallery of Australia Collection (artwork collab with Mish Meijers and Tricky Walsh), the Ken Fehily Collection and The Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne.