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Daksha Patel

Daksha Patel's exhibition Signal / Noise : Imaging / Drawing continues at LifeSpace until a April 2017.

Daksha is a Manchester based artist whose practice encompasses drawing, printmaking, animation and installation. Her work engages with systems of measurement, mapping, and technologies for scanning the human body and the environment. Residencies and research within scientific institutions regularly inform her practice; they include The Christie Hospital (2010), Neuroscience at Kings College (2014), and Imaging Science at the University of Manchester (2016). She questions what remains immeasurable, illusive and unseen, despite our increasing capacities to visualise and gather data about the world around us.

The process of drawing – with its simplicity, immediacy and directness – remains at the heart of her practice. She experiments with materials that are unstable and fugitive such as animal fat, vellum, clay and latex, to investigate ideas about unpredictability and the unknown, as well as working with graphite on paper to examine the relationship between drawing and measurement. Ultimately, she is interested in exploring what a drawing can reveal that a scientific visualisation cannot.