Deborah Gardner’s practice is process and materially led, ranging from oblique references to the body, place and embodied memory and structures, which refer to the multiple and the cellular. Gardner is programme leader in Art & Design at the University of Leeds and is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and LAND2 (Practice led research network). She has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, cemeteries, sculpture parks and industrial regeneration sites.
Gardner is currently continuing collaboration initiated through the Science and Art Platform Leeds Light Night event,2017 with the scientist Dr Anke Brüning-Richardson, organised by the Zoological Society of London. Most recently, Brüning-Richardson and Gardner gained a Biochemistry Society grant to make an installation of projected imagery from Brüning-Richardson’s microscopy research and details of Gardner’s sculptures in order to explore ways that art can cultivate greater insight into scientific exploration and ideas. The project titled When Two Worlds Collide will first be shown at Otley Science Fair 2019.
Other projects in the last year include a large-scale two-person exhibition Texturen des Ortes with Andrea Thoma at the Inselgalerie, Berlin and New Doggerland at the Lumen Gallery, London with a group of artists interested in imagined future landscapes. This project will be expanded on in 2020 in exhibitions at Thamesside Galleries, London and South London Botanical Institute.