about

Sig Waller was born in Swansea (Wales), and spent her early years roaming the beaches and woodlands near her home, inventing stories and adventures. Her father was an American historian who dressed like a tramp, her mother a German psychologist and housewife. The family foraged for food, brewed golden ale, collected driftwood and threw wild parties.

As a teen, Waller yearned for the bright lights of the big city and at age 18, she went to study Fine Art & Art History at Goldsmiths College in London. While at college, Waller became involved in the radical squatting scene, and spent many subsequent years immersed in the intrepid world of anarchic living. After graduating from Goldsmiths, she went on to work in animation, music videos and design.



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



Waller’s son Sky was born in 2002. Shortly thereafter, she began painting ‘Desert Storm,’ a reflection on the political climate during the Iraq War.

In 2006, Waller and son moved back to London, where she continued working on her novel ‘The Day The Women Stopped Listening,’ and started making art from litter off the streets.

Deciding against bringing up a child in the Big Smoke, Waller relocated to the South Coast, and received an MA in Fine Art from the University of Brighton in 2010. She has since exhibited widely in Europe and the US and her work is held in private collections throughout Europe.

In 2017 Waller curated ‘Running with the Wolves’, a Folk Horror-themed art show.

The artist is now based in Saarbrücken, on the German border to France, where she is currently researching, writing and working on new projects.

education

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

selected exhibitions

2019Dark Mother, 35 Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
from Fri 11 October 2019
until Sun 3 November 2019
2018I Never Promised You A Rose Garden (solo), Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken, Germany
Neue Echtheit, Festival 48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin, Germany
Radical Social Practice, Fringe Arts Bath, Bath, UK
Postcards From The Edge, Gallery 524, New York, USA
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)