Misselbrook, born in the UK in 1977, received a BA Honours degree in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University which saw the beginning of her multi-media practice addressing issues surrounding the body as canvas and consumer in response to societal expectations placed upon it. Misselbrook completed a qualification focussing on disordered psychology as well as gaining her PGCE in 2004 from the University of Southampton. In 2007 the artist completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at the Cyprus College of Art, Paphos and then went on to complete a distinction level Masters in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art in 2011.
Misselbrook has completed placements including: workshops for people with physical disabilities at the Hexagon centre; Associate Lecturer in Art & Design at Southampton City College; Artist Facilitator for ‘a space’ arts organisation and Creative Practice Representative at the Millais Gallery, Southampton. The artist has received multiple grants from Arts Council England and a Leonardo da Vinci Grant from the Grampus Heritage Fund. Misselbrook has completed multiple commissions for schools, colleges and business premises and in 2009 installed works at the Fenwick 2 Health Centre in the New Forest. Misselbrook’s artworks have appeared in group and solo exhibitions in South coast galleries, London based and international venues.
The artist’s degree show presented ‘Followed’, a skeletal vertebrae cast in white chocolate morphed into a pair of cupped hands as though waiting for absolution, ‘Monthly’, documenting the artist shaving her head and ‘Pure’, the artist’s torso cast in soap, routinely washed away in exhibition. In 2004, ‘1m2’, a cast of the artist’s body was produced in response to a call for entries which limited the work to a metre in any direction. The work is strapped into a steel cage and spikes aggressively defend it. This work has since been exhibited in a underground medieval vault, the Southampton City Art Gallery and The Crypt in St. Pancras Church. In 2006, a solo exhibition at the Bargate Monument gallery presented ‘Misplaced’, the artist in a steel cage with elongated arms and knife and fork attachments and ‘Self-conscious’, a looped video showing the meticulous self-policing of the artist’s face.
Misselbrook’s Masters degree show included sculptural installation and recorded performances conveying educational, religious and submissive acts in quests for perfection. This structured behaviour and performance is providing a new dimension for the artist, opening up her practice and interrupting controlled processes and displays. Misselbrook is developing a socially engaged practice exploring the political act of self starvation in feminist art and relating this to the disordered psychology of the anorexic ‘patient’ as well as ritualistic social gatherings and experiences within the making process.
More recently, the artist has completed various public commissions including a large scale wall based work in rural Catalunya in 2012 entitled ‘Protection’, commenting on the use of the Catalan language and protection of it by women in the home. In 2014 Misselbrook created a large scale installation work in NLCS Jeju, South Korea taking inspiration from the volcanic island and traditional calligraphy and incorporating community performances, casting and body printing.
In 2016, Misselbrook was successful in applying to create a site-specific installation in a public space as part of the first Un Riu d’Art project in Catalunya, Spain.
The artist is currently working on site-specific, land based bodily performances and further public commissions and educational workshops both in the UK and internationally. The artist’s full CV is available to download here.