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Esther Fox

My practice is concerned with the fabric of life, the DNA of our personal and cultural experiences. I am a processed based artist who uses a range of media to explore issues relating to genetic screening and future representations of self. I am also particularly interested in how socially engaged arts practice can create opportunities for public debate about genetic screening.

Posts by Esther Fox

a tall colum, almost like a corkscrew, rises upwards towards the ceiling. Gold corners protrude from the main column reflecting the light.

A Certain Kind Of Light is on show at the Towner. Are we heading towards a black hole?

On a brilliantly sunny day in April it seemed somewhat ironic to be entering a darkened gallery space to explore A Certain Kind of Light. Although I was slightly resentful to be missing out on bathing in those precious rays, I was soon immersed in the current exhibition at The ...

Pandora’s Box

It is timely that as my R&D period draws to a close, the findings of Dr Felicity Boardman’s research looking at support for screening of SMA (my condition) are also published. Through my discussions with artists, researchers and museum staff, some key themes have emerged. There are inherent challenges associated with ...

Graphic with the question: How do you ever know what it's like to be someone else?

Interest in DNA – is it a gender thing?

As I draw to the end of my research and development project I've been exploring in more detail the demographic of the audience at the Science Museum to help inform an audience engagement strategy. Two things struck me in particular. Firstly from an evaluation study, one of the reasons the temporary exhibition ...

The Game of Life

Christmas, amongst other things, is the season of games.  Reminiscing about a childhood favourite I started to contemplate The Game of Life. This board game simulates a person's travels through his or her life, from college to retirement, with jobs, marriage, and possible children along the way.  I loved the ...

Gains and Losses

Loss. Loss of function, loss of independence, loss of control and perhaps loss of life is often associated with disability. Over the last week or so this was brought sharply into focus in relation to the proposed Assisted Dying Bill.  I have the genetic muscle wasting condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy that would ...

an image of a transparent head with electric connections in the background chromosomes float over the top of a transparent weaving

Who Am I?

As I enter the Who Am I? gallery in the Science Museum I am struck by the scale and futuristic quality of the space. Space age style pods investigate human character traits and row upon row of large glass cases filled with a multiplicity of objects all explore our understanding of identity. The ...

Science and Art; Building a Dialogue of Trust

So at this juncture, when I am re-establishing my practice, I thought it pertinent to take a moment to reflect on my interest in genetics and some of the projects that have occurred over the last few years.  One thing in particular I wanted to re-visit was a proposed project ...

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