Image credit: Early progress on the paper sculptures, in a field near Georgina’s studio at the Fayoum Art Centre, Egypt. Courtesy of the artist.
Georgina Sleap is a British artist who makes sculptures, structures and drawings. She gained gained a first class Bachelors degree in Sculpture from Camberwell School of Art in London in 2009, before maintaining a committed studio practise whilst working as a teacher and journalist. After completing a Masters at Malmö Art Academy, (2015-17), she awarded the Assistant Grant awarded by Swedish Arts Award Body, IASPIS. She spent a year in Berlin working for Nina Canell and Michael Beutler.
She now lives and works in the Egyptian village of Tunis, which borders the Sahara. There she is preparing a body of work which will be exhibited in Cairo and Europe in 2020.
She makes work to explore how she (an example of a thinking, sensing person) relates to the seemingly empty and endless space outside herself. Starting by being rigorously investigative, she soon lets the ever-surprising nature of her materials, and the processes they seem to demand, drag her into the unknown. It is then that the work gets exciting, as the sculptures begin to take on their own compelling identities.
Selected European exhibitions include: KAOS5, in Berlin (2018), and ’Standing Floorstuck and Unstrung’, KHM Gallery, and Playing Under a Drum, Galleri Pildammstornet, in Malmö (both 2017). In the UK she has shown work at Galleri Amatorska (for the 2014 edition of Art Licks Festival), Five Years (2013), Kings Place (2012) in London, and Blip Blip Blip (2013) in Leeds. She has participated in residencies at the Prado, Madrid, and Cow House Studios, Ireland. Teaching is a significant part of her practise. In London she worked with adults with learning difficulties, students and prisoners. This year she joined the teaching staff of the Winter Academy, a six week long program for artists from Europe and Egypt at Fayoum Art Centre, Tunis Village.