Briony Maeve

Briony Maeve is a British artist currently residing in California as a Fellow at San Francisco Art Institute. Her transdisciplinary installations utilize a biopunk aesthetic alongside living media and the cultivation of flora in dystopian sustained systems. Her work investigates ideas of social ecology, as well as both conceptual and practical resistance to modern-day ecofascism. By highlighting the overlaps of hegemonic and oppressive structures in society, Briony draws parallels between her interest in biopolitics and environmental health and her emphasis on intersectionality and abolitionism.

Briony Maeve

Briony was born in London in 1991 and spent much of her childhood traveling in East Asia. The daughter of a doctor and biologist, she describes herself as ‘a child of the Anthropocene’, with an understanding that industrialism has enabled both technological advancement and unprecedented ecological damage to date. Her 2015 MFA thesis evoked early 20th-century cybernetics theorist Norbert Wiener’s notion of autopoiesis to question how seemingly complex systems can be sustained through their own self-replicating mechanisms when they are fundamentally unsustainable. Briony adopted this idea at face value to consider how rational hegemonic structures maintain themselves – despite representing an imminent danger to our planet – through their essentialpleteness; for example, capitalism that has become the foundation of our socio-economic reality, and which sustains itself through rampant industrialism. The resulting work explored how artificial biological systems may continue to proliferate despite neglecting to meet their basic needs, or when obsolete – for example by recycling waste material to protect against overcrowding or too much exposure to natural light for fear of depreciating the installation’s value. As part of her MFA, she was awarded the prestigious Luma Tower Residency in North Adams Massachusetts where she completed two new bodies of work that revolve around climate change and capitalism within the Anthropocene period, respectively.

“My installations are often bio-mechanical objects involved with amplifying a certain state of biopolitics”

Upcoming: September 2017
‘Cotton Candy’
511 POP UP
511 Leavenworth Street
San Francisco

Upcoming: September 2017
‘This Doesn’t Look Like Art’
Swell Gallery
Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco

2016-2018
MFA Studio Art (Art and Technology) Fellow
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, California, 94133

2017
MFA Now Catalogue

2017
‘Love At First Selfie’
The Convent Arts Collective
660 Oak Street, San Francisco, California, 94117

2016
‘Avarice’
Atrium Gallery London
Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6SB

2013-2016
BA Design Cultures
University of The Arts London
Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6SB

2012
‘Sittingroomskipping’
Power Lunches
446 Kingsland Rd, London, E8 4AE