Hayley Tompkins



Hayley Tompkins, 2011
132 pages
29 x 27cm

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About the publication 
With texts by Daniel Baumann, Karla Black, Pati Hertling and Hayley Tompkins. Published by Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2011).
About the artist
Born 1971, Leighton Buzzard; Lives in Glasgow. Painting plays a key role in the work of Hayley Tompkins, but she is not a painter in the traditional sense. She has made many colourful abstract works using watercolour on paper. But she has also painted on objects including hammers, bottles, knives, chairs, twigs and mobile phones. She has made films, and frequently used photographs in her work, including images of SIM cards, watches, batteries, currency and computer keyboards. Her installations have sometimes included readymade elements, from house plants to fragments of clothing. Tompkins’s individual pieces are usually small in scale and ask us to pay careful, intimate attention to them. But her installations also subtly emphasise how each piece relates to the others and to the space of the gallery. The artist is represented by The Modern Institute, Glasgow.

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