Reading’s practice comprises sculpture, animation, sound and spoken word, often combined as mixed media installation. Internal organs, bodily orifices and skeletal structures populate the work in fragmented landscapes where the distinction between the inside and the outside of the body becomes blurred.
The cartoon landscape informs both the sculptural assemblage and the video animations. Looped animations of floating objects exist in a constant state of becoming. The exhibition space becomes a physically animated environment, in which the figure and its surroundings interconnect. Performance often takes the form of texts addressed directly to objects, simultaneously responding to their affect whilst also projecting meaning.
Reading (b. Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1987) graduated with BA (Hons.) in Fine Art from Central St Martins in 2010 and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2017. She recently held the position of Artist in Residence at Academy for Visual Arts, Hong Kong. She received the Siva-Finestone Scholarship from 2015-2017 and was the winner of the Creekside Open Award in 2015. Recent exhibitions include; POND, Kaitak Gallery, Hong Kong, Loop, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes, London, Object 77B, LG London, Sequin in the Dustrag, Non-Space, Aarhus, Denmark, and Five Minutes, The Koppel Project, London.