I am a London-based artist and filmmaker who works across video, installation, photography and sound. My practice is informed by performance and documentary; exploring ideas of fragmentation in relation phenomenological experience and memory.
I work to explore intensities of experience and the intangible. I often work with dialogue and conversation as a core exploratory process in my work, and through that a connection with people and society. I am interested in how we translate emotion and experience through word, vocal utterance, body and gesture to show how our inner worlds might manifest themselves in physical and auditory ways. Employing techniques of circling, repetition, iteration and removal of subject, I aim to see how these may be used to produce new narratives that draw us closer to evanescent understanding.
I enjoy interdisciplinary working and recent collaborations with international choreographers and performers including Cosmin Manolescu, Melanie Wilson and Laura Murphy, have provided rich opportunity to put the human body at the centre of my work.
My work has been shown internationally in exhibitions and festivals in Latvia, Romania, Ireland, Luxembourg and Lithuania and I have received awards to produce original public-facing artwork from Arts Council England as well as research and travel awards from the British Council and Creative Europe. I completed my MA in Fine Art with distinction at the University for the Creative Arts in 2014.
My film work has been commissioned by organisations including the Barbican, Southbank Centre and Battersea Arts Centre. For more information please email me at gemmariggsfilm(at)gmail.com.
I currently teach documental practices on MA Environmental Architecture at the Royal College of Art.