Alex Templeton is an artist and writer lecturing in Fine Art.
She works across many media but her current research focus is on writing as practice; the form and function of the novel.
Her interest is also in artists' books and her work in this area seeks to redefine the relationship between text and image in storytelling.
Alex Templeton lectures in Fine Art Critical Practice.
She has shown her sculpture/installation work in London at various galleries including Vilma Gold, Berwick St, and the ICA and had one-man shows at the 291 Gallery and Printed Matter in New York.
After graduating from the University of Sussex with a degree in Environmental Chemistry, Alex Templeton went on to study Fine Art at Central St Martins and where completed an MA and did a further three years study on a practice based PhD at St Martins and Camberwell, the subject of which concerned the changing perceptions of nature in fine art practice with a focus on Kant. However after some deliberation she decided that the structure of the practice based PhD was not the correct medium for the research and transformed it into a one hundred thousand word novel for which she was awarded an individual Arts Council award in 2007 for the first draft.
Having spent her post-chemistry days making huge installations out of mainly office partitions, chalk dust and string, she returned to her interest in the microscopic and began making tiny artists books and collaborated with a Cambridge chemist on creating a book printed in ink that would disappear over three years. She was pipped at the post for a SciArt award from the Wellcome Institute: she was invited to show her disappearing bookwork but the book did actually disappear and there was nothing to show.
She was commissioned by Pete Townshend to make an artist's book for his millenium project Lifehouse for which she made 2001 aluminium spined books composed of 100 loose pages that slatted together to form a huge wall installation designed to address the notion of 'interconnectness' and showed this at various events and galleries.
Alongside her object based works Alex Templeton has had a long interest in poetry and, before his death, the poet Michael Donaghy had become her teacher and mentor. She was involved in the setting up of the poetry magazine 'Wolf' and ran poetry groups from her studio in Kings Cross for many years.
Alex Templeton has also made a number of graphic novels including the 'Tales of Oddnos', 'Ginger Lee' and 'The Story of I'. It is the relationship between storytelling, the written word and image that informs her current research.