For Naomi Siderfin, appropriating public space as an extension of pictorial space represents an ongoing engagement with the landscape tradition. Her doctoral research at Slade interrogates the relationship between installation practice and exhibition conventions; exploring the threshold between ‘sense’ and ‘sense’ and the politics inherent.
Naomi Siderfin is an artist-curator and a founding director of the artist-led organisation Beaconsfield with which her personal practice has been closely aligned. The organisation’s function as a primary research vehicle is particularly notable for pioneering developments in time-sensitive and sound art as well as curatorial practice. The co-curation of an international programme of visual art projects in this context, since 1995, catalysed Siderfin’s departure from studio-based painting into a situated art practice, relying on site and duration to drive it. This practice often manifests in the collaboration of BAW (Beaconsfield Art Works), whose commissioners have included Tate Modern, London, Freunde guter Musik, Berlin, Stavanger Biennale, Norway, Helsinki Contemporary and Touch, UK.