Sig Waller

about

I was born in Swansea on the south coast of Wales (UK), and my childhood was spent roaming the beaches and woodlands near our home, inventing stories and adventures. My father was an American historian who dressed like a tramp, my mother a German psychologist and housewife. My parents foraged for food, brewed beer, collected driftwood and threw wild parties. There was no TV and no telephone.

As a young teen, I yearned for the bright lights of the big city, and so at age 17, I successfully applied to study Fine Art & Art History at the legendary Goldsmiths University of London. While at college, I became involved in the squatting scene, and spent many subsequent years immersed in the intrepid world of anarchic living. After graduating, I worked in animation, music videos and design.

In 1995 I relocated to Berlin, and it was here that I returned to art-making after a 10 year break. Adopting the alias S.I.G., I created ‘Dreamlands’, a vast series of TV paintings, which toured venues in Europe, culminating in a solo show in New York in 2001.

In 2002 my son Sky was born, and I moved back to London with him some years later. I received an MA in Fine Art from the University of Brighton (UK) in 2010.

I am currently based in Saarbrücken, on the German border to France, and I still have a suitcase in Berlin.

statement

My work concerns the darkness behind the ordinary, the hidden behind the seen. My practice draws on psychology, pop culture, politics, and the occult, journeying the murky borders of our culture of excess. Weird humour, the carnivalesque and the macabre are at play, bringing us a warped alien perspective.

Using a diversity of media and techniques, I create artworks in series and develop low-key participatory projects. My work is intentionally accessible, containing masked layers of meaning designed to tap into your subconscious mind. In a sense, my art is a disguise.

selected exhibitions

2017Running with the Wolves, 35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
 Something Witchy, Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2016Milk the Body, Hellwighaus der Künste, Saarbrücken, Germany
 Goodbye to Love (solo), 35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
2015Punto Linea Superficie, LAB4, San Cataldo, Italy
 PLAY - an art event in a warehouse, Cultivate , London, UK
 Die Lichtenberg Norm, Zwitschermaschine, Berlin, Germany
2014Strongly Weak, LAB4, San Cataldo, Italy
 Barbara Cammarata, Elena Consoli, Sig Waller, Museo a Cielo aperto di Camo, Camo, Italy
 happiness is a warm gun, 35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
(with Trash/Treasure)
 If you go down in the woods today, Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton, UK
 From Here & There, Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado, USA
 Drawing From Here & There, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, UK
 Camouflage Project, Museo a Cielo aperto di Camo, Camo, Italy
2013Happy Homes, 35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
(with Chris Shaw Hughes)
 Portas Abertas, Forum Eugenio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal
 ex-ca-vate-site-one, Schwartz Gallery, London, UK
 Kitchen Girls Vol. 2, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
 Girls Aren't Funny, A-Side B-Side Gallery, London, UK
2012The Door Prize for Painting, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, UK
 The Green Show, Hillyard, Urbandale, Iowa, USA
 BEEP Painting Prize 2012, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK
 La Lum di Mortsch (solo), HAECCCC 0+865 Residency, Bolzano, Italy
2011GOMI (solo), Freedom Autonomy Club, London, UK
 Monte Verita, Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt, Germany
 WHO IS - WER IST?, Saarlaendische Galerie Berlin, Berlin, Germany
 Sweeping Up the Mess, Hillyard, Urbandale, Iowa, USA
2010Postgraduates 2010, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Somerset, UK
2009Kunstbiennale Kleinzetelvitz, Kunstverein Klein Zetelvitz, Greifswald, Germany
2005Ansichtssachen, Gallery Andreas Engler, Berlin, Germany
2004Tiny Machinery, Aggregat, Berlin, Germany
2003Disposition #1 - Female Art Berlin, Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg, Germany
 Galerie Expo 3000 Reloaded, Lothringer Laden, Munich, Germany
2002Hotel Romantica (solo), Engler & Piper, Berlin, Germany
 Nacht # Berlin, Galerie Dida, Graz, Austria
 A Nudo, Antonio Battaglia Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
2001Dreamlands (solo), Priska C. Juschka & American-European Fine Art, New York, USA
 Figurationen, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany
 2001 Reality, Pussy Galore Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2000Z2000 (Present Representation), Academy of Arts, Berlin, Germany
 Moving Up, Neurotitan, Berlin, Germany
 The Return of the Bewegungselite, Neurotitan, Berlin, Germany
 The 18 Bahnen of the Bewegungselite, Haus des Lehrers, Berlin, Germany
 Hedges, Pussy Galore Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany
1999Playroom Berlin, Gallery Thor Zimmermann, Cologne, Germany
 Gilbert Muttonbery's World of Game, Galerie Meinblau, Berlin, Germany
1998Honig (solo), Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany
 Blut & Blumen, c4 gallery, Berlin, Germany
(with Anja Fuchs)

education

2010 MA Fine Art
University of Brighton
1988 BA Fine Art / Art History
University of London, Goldsmiths College