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.

Inspired by my time in the film business, I embarked on the project ‘Dreamlands’, an extensive series of TV paintings, which toured various venues in Europe, before culminating in a solo show in New York in 2001.

In 2002 my son Sky was born, and I began to feel the indomitable pull of the ocean. Consequently, in 2006, I moved back to London with my small child. Still, the sea and distant horizon were calling, and in 2008 we moved down to the South coast of England. I received an MA in Fine Art from the University of Brighton in 2010.

After 8 years of Brighton, a city in which the shriek of gulls rules supreme, I was yearning for the murmur of the forest, the stillness and shadows between the trees. In 2016, we moved to Saarbrücken, on the German border to France. I don’t know how long this will be our home, and as the old Marlene Dietrich song goes, ‘I still have a suitcase in Berlin.’

Back in 2012, while living in Brighton, I lost my studio space due to rising rental prices in the UK, circumstances which led to me moving my focus away from painting, to a more diverse & playful art practice. It’s been an adventure and a challenge, even so, and despite all the turmoil and upheaval, I have continued to produce new work and exhibit widely, with many international solo and group shows over the past 20 years.

statement

My work is about the darkness behind the ordinary, the hidden behind the seen. My art 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.

I use a diversity of media and techniques, making artworks in series and developing low-key participatory projects. My aim is to make art that is accessible, containing masked layers of meaning which tap into your subconscious mind. In a sense, my art is a disguise.

selected exhibitions

2017Something WitchyHive Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
from Sat 7 October 2017 until Sun 29 October 2017
 Running with the Wolves35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
2016Milk the BodyHellwighaus der Künste, Saarbrücken, Germany
 Goodbye to Love (solo)35Blumen, Krefeld, Germany
2015Punto 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
 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
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