Multimedia Artist Heather Tweed

Heather is a multimedia artist and educator based in the UK. She has exhibited widely across the country (with pieces in various international settings) and been involved in a variety of projects over the years including teaching, workshops, artist lead exhibitions as well as exhibiting in traditional art galleries and alternative spaces.

She has worked with organizations including The British Council Cairo, Bristol City Council and Arts & Business.

Her first Degree is in Fine Art Ceramics and further education includes a PGCE in Art and Design and a PGC in Digital Entrepreneurship.

The ever expanding Installation Anubis Other World Tour has been visiting art galleries, caves and other interesting venues scaring, delighting and perplexing in equal measure since 1997.

The Artists recent work, developed since the Anubis Other World Tour series of exhibitions began in June 1997, features Anubis, the Ancient Egyptian God of the Afterlife, in a variety of contemporary guises and settings.

These witty, haunting and captivating tableaux explore the jackal, wolf and lupine qualities evident in the world of the dream, nightmare and collective unconscious.

Many of the ideas explored by the artist are linked by a long fascination with ancient Egyptian mythology and iconography and memories of a childhood recurring nightmare.

The figures inhabit this world with a presence that can cause strong reactions in the onlooker, ranging from fear to laughter and individuals often impose their own meanings on the work and can perceive the sculptures as various types of creature.

Elements of Psycho geography are embedded within the work and meaningful events and places visited are commemorated in the canvases and reflected in the sun glass lenses. Anubis walks amongst us in the video works and an eclectic mix of memento mori and other created artifacts give us clues as to how Anubis views and experiments with the world around him. The recent series of Lost Not Found:Abscission artwork hunts continue these themes with serendipitous discoverers reporting the ‘Lost’ artworks back to the artist including photos and other requested information that is then incorporated into a Google map online.

The ever growing group of figures includes a current total of 12 schoolboys and the artist intends to complete at least 30, a school room full.

‘In his previous life, Anubis was known as the God who weighed people’s hearts after they died to determine whether they went to hell or heaven. But for Tweed, Anubis’s higher judgment is restricted to the frustratingly dull minor decision-making activities we all face every day. Softened by history, Anubis appears as a pleasant-looking stuffed animal wearing greasers garb, a sharp suit, a tutu or a schoolboy’s uniform. Regardless of his clothes or context, however, he always wears stylish reflective sunglasses, as if he had been sent to live out eternity in a witness protection program after the rise of Christianity made polytheistic pagan faiths obsolete.

Since graduating from Exeter College of Art in 1983, Tweed has been an arts correspondent for BBC Radio Leicester’s Primetime and a ceramics and art teacher in Leicester and Somerset. She has had solo exhibitions at the Otter Gallery in Chichester, Oxo Tower Wharf in London’s South Bank and the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Her witty, clever Anubis images have also appeared in group shows at Yoke & Zoom multiples in Tokyo, Deptford X in London and 2004’s 5 Magazine project, curated by Gavin Turk.’

Ana Finel Honigman , New York and London-based critic

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