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Phoebe Boswell

  • CountryKenya
  • Born1982


Phoebe Boswell is a British visual artist who was born in Nairobi to a Kikuyu mother and fourth generation British Kenyan father and brought up as an expatriate in the Middle East. Boswell’s multidisciplinary art practice is anchored to a restless state of diasporic consciousness. She creates layered, deeply immersive installations to centre and amplify histories which – like her own – are often systemically marginalised. She combines traditional ‘draftswomanship’ and digital technology to create drawings, animations and installations.

In April 2015, Boswell and therapist Lyn French contributed to Iniva’s Emotional Learning Cards. They hosted workshops that explored the common feelings from the letters I to L. The workshops included a psychoanalytically informed exploration of key emotions and art exercises that can be adapted for use in group or individual sessions with any age group.

Her works have been shown at the British Film Institute, London (2017), Tiwani contemporary, London (2017), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2016), Witteveen Visual Art Centre Amsterdam (2016), Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, China, (2015), The Showroom, London (2015), Blå Stället, Gothenburg (2015), TAFETA, London (2015), Gladstone Gallery, New York (2015), Iniva, London (2015), Carroll / Fletcher Gallery, London (2014), Kings ARI, Melbourne (2012), amongst others.Boswell studied Painting at the Slade School of Art and 2D Animation at Central St Martins, London.

She lives and works in London.

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