Es Devlin, artist and stage designer, in conversation with Jeremy Deller

Es Devlin, MASK, 2018.

Es Devlin discusses her photographic project MASK, presented at Photo London in 2018,  with acclaimed British artist Jeremy Deller. The pair delves into her work creating kinetic sculptures in opera and theatre, examining how this incorporating of elements of photography and film has influenced her contemporary artwork.

Explore how ideas of memory, matter, identity and place intermix and interact and consider the range of scales of time and space that we simultaneously perceive and chose to remain blind to as we calibrate our position within the period that we now call the Anthropocene: when what we know about the environmental impact of each thing we touch will soon preclude us from touching anything in the same way again.


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Es Devlin is an artist and designer. Her immersive, sculptural and film installations are often created as environments for performing artists, opera, dance and theatre. Her installation and solo gallery works include Mirrormaze at Copeland Park, Peckham 2016; The Singing Tree at the V&A 2017; Room 2022 at Miami Art Basel 2017; PoemPortraits at the Serpentine Gallery 2017; Playbox at the Belgian Stadstriennale 2016; MagicBox at the V&A 2017; EGG at the XI Gallery in New York 2018. Her stage sculptures include collaborations with Beyonce, Kanye West, U2, The Weeknd, Adele, The Royal Opera House, The National Theatre and the London and Rio Olympic Ceremonies. She is the winner of numerous awards including three Olivier Awards, the 2017 London Design Medal, a UAL fellowship and an OBE.
Jeremy Deller is an English conceptual, video and installation artist.