Chloë Brown is an artist and Senior Lecturer/Course Leader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. She has an MA in Sculpture from Chelsea College of Art, London (1994), and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Reading (1987).  She has exhibited widely in Europe and in the UK and from 1995 to 2013 she was a member of The Research Group for Artists Publications (RGAP).


Using a range of media including film, sculpture, taxidermy, book works and drawing, Brown explores various strands of research: she is interested in animals and how they interact with humans, and vice versa, making work that considers the representation of animals in society and culturally. She also interrogates ideas of ‘The (extreme) North’, in particular in relation to the mythical place called Hyperborea. This has developed into work that questions the notion of the industrial ruin, architecture and extinction.  The element tying these strands together is a melancholic preoccupation with and questioning of the diametrically opposed positions of hopelessness and hopefulness. Not surprisingly Brown has a long-standing interest in the notion of Memento Mori, literally translated as ‘remember you will die’ and from this rather sombre and expansive starting point she hopes to make work that is thoughtful, provocative and sometimes uplifting.


Recent exhibitions include: Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent (2013), The Animal Gaze Returned curated by Chloë Brown, Rosemarie McGoldrick and Robert McKay, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield (2013), An Animal Space, Chloë Brown and Robert McKay, Jessop West Building, University of Sheffield (2013), The Hum, LoBe Gallery, Berlin and Sheffield Institute of the Arts Gallery, Sheffield (2011), Isola di San Michele, Basement Gallery, Vienna, Austria (2011), Video Screening at The International Seminar on Art and Nature, Goethe Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2011), AbbaraCadabra, Mardin, Turkey (2010), Aller à Ouessant: Vidéo sur L’Île # 2, Festival of video art on the island of Ouessant , France (2010), The Animal Gaze, Unit 2 Gallery, London and The Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth (2009), Tier-Perspektiven at Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin (2009) and she was commissioned to create a film for the Sheffield Pavilion at the Istanbul Biennial  (2009).


To see Dancing in the Boardroom (Turnin’ My Heartbeat Up) please go to:   http://vimeo.com/75807622


Chloë Brown : Winter 2014 

Susan Spinning & Peter Spinning