Angela Palmer is a sculptor and installation artist. Born in Scotland and based in Oxford, she studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford and the Royal College of Art in London. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Ashmolean, Oxford, The National Portrait Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh and The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington. She is represented by The Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London. In her most ambitious project, she brought ten mighty rainforest tree stumps, complete with their roots, from a virgin logged forest in Africa and presented them as a 'ghost forest' at the feet of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.
The desire to ‘map’ is at the core of my work. I have spent several years taking the familiar and peeling back the outer layer to reveal the unfamiliar below. In on form, I am showing the geological 'spine' of Great Britain spanning 3 billion years of the nation's history, with 16 rocks representing each geological period, sourced from the length and breadth of the country. The rocks are polished on one side, showing the magnificent physical 'underbelly' of Britain in complete geological sequence, and left rough on the reverse, as we encounter them in the landscape. The final element in the spine symbolises the Anthropocene, the new geological age to be announced in the near future, reflecting man's impact on the planet. To represent it, I've created a rock-like sculpture in mirror polished steel, reflecting the onlooker.
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