Gemma Gore is a visual artist, educator and writer, based in Southampton, UK. Gemma’s practice tunes into the body's pluralistic, sensuous ways of knowing to question the osmotic / inter-dependent nature of connection between multi-scalar bodies. What are the configurations and poetics of care? Informed by the dichotomy of how it looks / how it feels, and the murkiness in between, Gemma considers the capacities for intimacies, asking how can we continue to live together within the context of crisis on earth? Grounded in positions of disability, motherhood, queer-ecology and radical vulnerability. Gemma’s work both emerges within and creates acts of unknowingness, gesturing towards remembering ancestors. Using movement as a method and often working in collaboration and through temporary formations, her work is the residue from performative encounters. Feeling movements, listening and visioning, Gemma’s work weaves together hand made, found and digital encounters, holding people, words, code, photography and drawings to create assemblages of materials and immaterials manifesting as artist books and zines, web and video works and sculptural installations.
Gemma works collaboratively in all its fluent forms: Sharing a practice with Jo Willoughby in from Doggerland; is a member of artist/curator collective Stair/Slide/Space; People and Place peer group (with More Than Ponies, based in the New Forest common lands, UK); and is affiliated with the global scholar network at Ocean/Uni (TBA21). Awarded Arts Council England Develop Your Creative Practice fund in 2021 for self-initiated R&D project Tender. Exhibitions include NewBridge Projects (Newcastle, UK), John Hansard Gallery (Southampton, UK), Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, Ireland), Ormston House (Limerick, Ireland) and Station Independent Projects (New York, USA). Gemma is Associate Artist at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and ASPEX gallery, Portsmouth.