Born 1973 London, Florence Peake lives and works in London. Graduated from Contemporary Performance Making, Brunel University (2009).
Peake is a London-based artist who has been making work since 1995. She makes solo and group performance works intertwined with an extensive visual art practice.
Presenting work internationally and across the UK in galleries, theatres and the public realm, she is known for an approach which is at once sensual and witty, expressive and intimate.
Peake's practice uses movement, text, film, drawing, painting and sculpture that respond and intercept each other to articulate, extend and push ideas through diverse media. Her work explores notions of materiality and physicality; the body as site and vehicle of protest in relation to energetic and feeling states of being; the erotic and sensual as tools for queering materiality; and the subjective and imagined body as a force equal to our objective flesh bound world.
By encouraging chaotic relationships between the body and material, she creates radical and outlandish performances, creating temporary alliances and micro-communities within the audience. Peake makes large scale paintings using the whole body's physicality, interactive sculpture works, film and text.
Selected exhibitions include Crude Care: British Art Show 9, Hayward Gallery Touring (2021); Arsenic - Centre d'art scénique contemporain, Lausanne (2020); Südpol, Kriens (2020); Venice Biennale (2019); CRAC Occitanie, Sète (2018); London Contemporary Music Festival (2018), Solo exhibition, Bosse & Baum, London (2019); Solo exhibition, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill (2018); Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2018); Hayward Gallery, London (2018); Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2017); Studio Leigh, London (2017); Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome (2017); Serpentine, London (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); ICA, London (2016); Modern Art Oxford (2016); BALTIC, Newcastle (2013); Frieze, London (2013); and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2012).
Last updated: 13.04.2021