Sig Waller

about

I was born in Swansea, Wales, and much of 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 College, London.

While at college, I became involved in the squatting scene, and spent many subsequent years immersed in the strange and intrepid world of anarchic living.

After graduating, I stayed in London to work in animation, music videos and design.

In 1995 I moved to Berlin, and it was here that I returned to art-making after a 10 year break, now working under the alias S.I.G.

In 2002 my son Sky was born, and I received an MA in Fine Art from the University of Brighton in 2010.

A few years ago, circumstances led to me moving my focus away from painting, back to a more diverse & playful art practice.

I am currently based in Saarbrooklyn, on the German border to France, and will always have a suitcase in Berlin.

statement

How will future intelligence make sense of our times? Which aspects of our civilisation will survive the years and how will they be interpreted?

My work explores the dark borders of our culture of excess, drawing attention to human destructiveness, human frailty and the delicate balance of life on Earth. We may have it all now, but what does the future look like?

I am interested in the archaeology of the present, in utopian visions of the future crumbling into dystopian decay - and in hope born from despair.

There is black humour behind a lot of my ideas. Wit functions as critical social anthropology, helping us acquire an alien perspective, and letting us view the world as if we had just arrived from another planet.

selected exhibitions

2017Running with the Wolves35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
until Sun 9 July 2017
2016Goodbye to Love (solo)35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
 Milk the BodyHellwighaus der Künste, Saarbrücken, Germany
 8 x SCHWARZ35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
2015Antworten auf...35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
 Punto Linea SuperficieLAB4, San Cataldo, Italy
 PLAY - an art event in a warehouseCultivate , London, UK
 Die Lichtenberg NormZwitschermaschine, Berlin, Germany
2014Drawing From Here & ThereElysium Gallery, Swansea, UK
more info...
 Camouflage ProjectMuseo a Cielo aperto di Camo, Camo, Italy
 Strongly WeakLAB4, San Cataldo, Italy
 Walk on the Wild Side35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
 Barbara Cammarata, Elena Consoli, Sig WallerMuseo a Cielo aperto di Camo, Camo, Italy
 happiness is a warm gun35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
(with Trash/Treasure)
 If you go down in the woods todayBrighton Fringe Festival, Brighton, UK
 From Here & ThereClara Hatton Gallery, Colorado, USA
2013Happy Homes35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
(with Chris Shaw Hughes)
 Portas AbertasForum Eugenio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal
 ex-ca-vate-site-oneSchwartz Gallery, London, UK
 Kitchen Girls Vol. 2Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
 Girls Aren't FunnyA-Side B-Side Gallery, London, UK
2012The Door Prize for Painting, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, UK
more info...
 The Green Show, Hillyard, Urbandale, Iowa, USA
 BEEP Painting Prize 2012, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK
more info...
 La Lum di Mortsch (solo), HAECCCC 0+865 Residency, Bolzano, Italy
2011GOMI (solo)Freedom Autonomy Club, London, UK
 Monte VeritaKunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt, Germany
 WHO IS - WER IST?Saarlaendische Galerie Berlin, Berlin, Germany
more info...
 Sweeping Up the Mess, Hillyard, Urbandale, Iowa, USA
2010Postgraduates 2010Atkinson Gallery, Street, Somerset, UK
2009Kunstbiennale KleinzetelvitzKunstverein Klein Zetelvitz, Greifswald, Germany
2005Ansichtssachen, Gallery Andreas Engler, Berlin, Germany
more info...
2004Tiny Machinery, Aggregat, Berlin, Germany
2003Disposition #1 - Female Art Berlin, Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg, Germany
 Galerie Expo 3000 ReloadedLothringer Laden, Munich, Germany
2002Hotel Romantica (solo), Engler & Piper, Berlin, Germany
 Nacht # Berlin, Galerie Dida, Graz, Austria
 A NudoAntonio 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 UpNeurotitan, Berlin, Germany
 The Return of the BewegungseliteNeurotitan, Berlin, Germany
 The 18 Bahnen of the Bewegungselite, Haus des Lehrers, Berlin, Germany
 Hedges, Pussy Galore Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany
 Rocket Art, Mau-Mau 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