News and Events

June 19, 2013


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Tessa Farmer is participating in a new exhibit, “The Red Queen,” opening on June 18 at MONA, Australia. Using Lewis Carroll’s character, the Red Queen, as a starting point, the exhibition interrogates how art relates to the evolution of species.

The Red Queen
MONA Museum of Old and New Art
Hobart, Tasmania
June 18, 2013 to April 21, 2014

ArtsHub spoke with Tessa about her installation, read more below:


By Paul Isbel, Tuesday June 4 2013

The Red Queen asks why we make art. Sculptor Tessa Farmer’s fairies may have one answer in their microworld of evolution in action.

The Red Queen wants to know what drives us to make art and how it serves our survival as a species. English sculptor Tessa Farmer has spent a month at MONA creating a commissioned work that adds to the answers 46 artists have for the curious queen in the upcoming exhibition that opens on June 18.

Her installations freeze evolution in action. In macabre mise-en-scènes, gangs of skeletal fairies contest real creatures for the right to rule a microworld that is a mirror of our own. Anatomy and entomology lend scientific credibility to the narratives to tip them from fantasy to a very-near reality. That blurred boundary can be a challenge to new viewers. ‘If people haven’t seen my work before, they see the insects and they see the fairies and they try to work out what kind of insect they are,’ Farmer observes. ‘I think that’s a good response because that leads into this state of wonder fuelled by curiosity. Once they realize the fairies are kind of humanoid in terms of representation, they shrink themselves down to that scale because we can’t help but do that and then engage with the narrative. My aim is to tell a story really. It’s like an action-packed scene that has been frozen, so I want the viewer to reanimate it in their mind.’

To read the full article online, click here.

Find more information about the exhibit here.

May 2, 2013

Tessa Farmer in ‘The Nature of the Beast’

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Tessa Farmer was commissioned to create a new installation at The New Art Gallery Walsall for the current exhibition, The Nature of the Beast. Involving dozens of bees, crabs, a taxidermied python and more, her piece, The Perilous Pursuit of the Python, is part of the ongoing narrative of her vicious, minuscule fairies’ evil-doings. Tessa took a moment during installation to talk about her work, see the interview below (Tessa starts at 11:20).

Tessa Farmer Interviewed

The Nature of the Beast
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square, Walsall UK
April 26 – June 30, 2013

Saturday, June 22 at 2 pm
Giovanni Aloi will be leading a discussion in the galleries with Tessa Farmer and fellow exhibition artists, Mark Fairnington and Polly Morgan.

Find out more here.

April 9, 2013

Tessa Farmer collaborates with musician David Rothenberg

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Tessa Farmer has created a new collaborative installation with musician David Rothenberg, currently on view at the Science Gallery in Dublin. Entitled MAGICICADA after the insect Magicicada septendecim, better known as the seventeen-year cicada, the installation captures the complex and bizarre mating ritual these bugs go through when they emerge once every seventeen years. The installation is part of the show, “Oscillator” which explores the many ways oscillations play a part in nature and our everyday lives.

Oscillator: Everything in Motion
Science Gallery
2 Pearse Street
Dublin 2, Ireland
February 8 – April 14, 2013

Find more information here.

December 6, 2012

Tessa Farmer + Amon Tobin: MOX TV Interview

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Tessa Farmer and Amon Tobin were interviewed by MOX TV for their recent collaborative effort at Spencer Brownstone Gallery, ISAM: Control Over Nature.

Hear what they have to say about their own work, each other’s work and what it was like to work together!

To watch the interview on vimeo, follow this link:

Tessa Farmer & Amon Tobin – Control Over Nature

October 2, 2012

Control Over Nature: Opening Reception

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Control Over Nature: Tessa Farmer & Amon Tobin
September 15 – October 6, 2012

Gallery Hours: 11am – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday

September 4, 2012


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Control Over Nature
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15th, 6-8pm
September 15 – October 6

Spencer Brownstone Gallery is pleased to present ‘Control Over Nature’, an exhibition by Tessa Farmer in collaboration with an acoustical installation by Amon Tobin.

For her second show at the gallery, Tessa has teamed up with Amon Tobin to mark his September 14th performance at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. With his groundbreaking audio/visual live show ISAM 2.0, the electronic music pioneer joined forces with Farmer for an extraordinary collaborative installation combining his sound design and elements from ‘ISAM’, alongside Farmer’s trademark sculptures (constructed from bits of organic material, such as roots, dead insects and bones). Hovering with a rarefied, jewel-like beauty, Tessa’s tiny spectacles resound with a theurgist exotica: their specimen forms evolve as something alien and futuristic. The collaboration perfectly captures the themes surrounding ‘ISAM’: sensory deprivation, disorienting situationism and the mechanization of natural things.

“There is common ground between Tessa and I” says Amon, “we’re both re-arranging and augmenting natural elements to make something imagined but tangible. We are both exploring new uses for familiar materials, or in Tessa’s case familiar creatures. I’m trying to take an objective approach to all my source material, whether it’s field recording or synthesis based or a mixture of the two. I’m treating it all as musically/creatively relevant and useful.”

Tessa’s work is featured heavily throughout the ‘ISAM’ campaign as a whole, with the album artwork being dedicated to her creatures: “ISAM is beautiful, surprising, playful, disturbing and unnerving at times. It has an incredible energy, to which I am responding to instinctively, conjuring scenes that reflect the varying moods of the tracks. The scenes are action packed, but frozen in motion – to be animated by the viewer’s imagination and Amon’s music.”

Tessa Farmer was born in Birmingham, England in 1978. After receiving her MFA from the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford in 2003, her work was included in the 2004 edition of the ‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries’, where her large scale installation ‘Swarm’ was acquired by Charles Saatchi. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Oxford in 2006, and at the National History Museum, London, in 2007, which was accompanied by the publication of a monograph. She has also exhibited at the Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden, DE; The Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, AU; The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; and the Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, UK.

Amon Tobin first emerged in 1994 with a string of 12″ singles on a small London-based record label called 9Bar Records. The album that followed, “Adventures In Foam”, paved the way for a whole generation of electronic productions and prompted his signing to the prodigious Ninja Tune in 1996. He has since gone on to record seven critically acclaimed albums under his own name on Ninja that have since helped define the label as a force in musical innovation and diversity. In 2007 he released the album “Foley Room” exploring the role of found sound in modern day music culminating in a much-lauded performance at the birthplace of musique concrete, the GRM Theatre in Paris. In 2010 The famed London Metropolitan Orchestra performed selected works from a cross-section of his musical repertoire at the Royal Albert Hall and his most recent work includes, ISAM, a new Two Fingers album, and an album of remixes of his Chaos Theory soundtrack work.

This exhibition is co-produced by Spencer Brownstone Gallery & Ninja Tune.

For more information please contact the gallery.

May 1, 2012

Tessa Farmer – Evil Little Worlds

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March 25, 2012

Tessa Farmer at Museum Villa Rot

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Hunters and Hunted –  Insects in Contemporary Art
March 25th – June 17th, 2012

The artworks in Hunters and Hunted glorify, interpret, question and comment on our relationship with nature. They reflect on the idea that we are living in an information society influenced by media and technology and have drifted away from our natural habitats. Nature is a constant but endangered reality following its own rules in the context of the unstoppable flow of our electronic time.

The focus of this exhibition is the richest species of animals: insects. Small and bothersome, as well fascinating in their diversity, they evoke all sorts of reactions. Insects will be presented in photographs, drawings, sculptures and media-supported installations. The works evoke themes such as ecological disasters, climate change, population explosion and extinction of species.

Participating artists:  Jennifer Angus, Jana Eske, Jan Fabre, Lili Fischer, Tessa Farmer, Kirsten Geisler, Douglas Gordon, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger , Sanna Kannisto, Katharina Meldner, Lucy Powell, Bärbel Rothhaar, Günther & Loredana Selichar, Polonca Lovsin, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, Eva Teppe, Mark Thompson, Evgenija Wassilew, 
Liao Wenfeng.

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March 20, 2012

Tessa Farmer at Tatton Park Biennial

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Tatton Park Biennial
May 12 – September 30, 2012
Tatton Park Gardens
Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6SG, United Kingdom
Tatton Park Biennial

Participating Artists: Charbel Ackerman, Brass Art, David Cotterrell, Tom Dale, Simon Faithfull, Jem Finer, Oliver Grossetete, Hilary Jack, Juneau Projects, Dinu Li, Pointfive, Aura Satz, Ultimate Holding Company, Sarah Woodfine and Tessa Farmer.


This third edition of the Biennial considers the human urge to fly, to accomplish the impossible in fragile times. Its artists are considering the impact of experimentation on delicate eco-systems, looking backward and forward for guidance, wisdom and/or humour. Their proposed results are experiments in time and space. In 2012, artists are bringing their own responses to the precarious nature of human flight, the historical relationship between Tatton Park and the aviation industry, the inexorable development of our technologies and their applications and miscommunications in the post-global virtual village.

Tessa’s work for the Biennial will take the form of an elaborate installation in the Mansion, considering the many animals that have visited space in human-made crafts. Her practice involves the creation of detailed narratives in which malevolent fairies overpower and ultimately decimate their host environments.



October 25, 2011

Nottingham Visual Arts Magazine Interview with Tessa Farmer

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Nottingham Visual Arts Magazine Beth Bramich interviews Spencer Brownstone Gallery’s Tessa Farmer about her works and practice.
To read the full interview click on the link below.

Interview with Tessa Farmer | Nottingham Visual Arts

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