Florence Peake understands the world through movement, experiment and touch. She arrived at visual art via somatic dance, a discipline that engages emotional, physical and cognitive processes. Her collaborative, sensual and often wildly irreverent performances – as well as her films, drawings and sculptures – are rooted in the body. They are also deeply political, engaging with issues around feminism, identity, care and climate change. Peake’s fascination with geology, healing and the environment are played out in her new works – a ceramic sculpture, performance and film (made in collaboration with filmmaker Anne Tetzlaff) each titled CRUDE CARE (2021) – informed by Aberdeen’s landscape, its natural resources granite and oil, and the treatment of precarious workers in the care sector.
Florence Peake (born 1973, London) lives and works in London. Peake studied at Brunel University, London.
The three works titled CRUDE CARE (2021) were commissioned by Hayward Gallery Touring and Aberdeen Art Gallery for British Art Show 9 and made possible with Art Fund support.
The practices that inform my work often relate to the flux of weather, geology, the migration and extinction of species, as well as these movements through landscape—the blending of the body with another landscape.
– Florence Peake