Fiona Crisp is an artist and Professor of Contemporary Art at Northumbria University. Her distinct practice resides at the intersection of photography, sculpture and architecture, where the ontology of the photographic image is explored through the making of large-scale installations. Past projects have used sites that range from the Early Christian catacombs of Rome to a Dark Matter Laboratory in the UK’s deepest working mine; works from this period formed part of Crisp’s solo, touring exhibition, Subterrania, that launched at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead before touring.
In recent years Crisp has been developing a dialogue with fundamental scientists regarding the visualisation of concepts and data that challenge the limits of our imaginative capacity. Her recent research fellowship, Material Sight: Re-presenting the Spaces of Fundamental Science, sought to place us in a bodily relation to the physical spaces and laboratories where science is performed. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust and hosted by Arts Catalyst the project worked with a number of partners including Laboratori Nazionale del Gran Sasso, the world’s largest underground research centre for particle physics, sited within a mountain in central Italy.