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Samantha Sweeting (born Singapore, 1982) is an interdisciplinary artist based in London. Drawing upon memory, myth, psychoanalytic theory, fairytales and the domestic, her practice uses embodied storytelling to examine human/animal nature and nurture, boundaries and desire.
When Samantha was 19, she spent 5 weeks living and volunteering at a home for sexually abused girls in The Philippines, participating in daily activities and attending their primal therapy sessions. Much of her subsequent performance and installation work stems from this formative experience.
Samantha graduated from the London College of Communication with a First Class BA in Photography. She then spent a year training as a massage therapist and working with children at The Little Angel Marionette Theatre, before being awarded an AHRC scholarship to complete her Masters in Visual Performance at Dartington College of Art. After several years living with a menagerie of abandoned animals between rural England and a derelict farmhouse in the French Pyrénées, she returned to London, where she currently lives and works.
Samantha’s work was exhibited in Tate Liverpool’s Alice in Wonderland, which toured to MART in Italy and the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Germany. Recent solo shows include Herrick Gallery in London, Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana and Blanc Gallery in Belgium. Her artwork is part of the Moby-Dick Big Read project.