Anne Grebby


After making work about body-presence for some years, I received a research award to work in the anatomical dissection laboratory of Sheffield University.

I became fascinated by the heads of the dead and made notes and detailed drawings from them. I found myself focussing more and more on the inside of the skull, on the empty space which had housed a brain.

This experience led to an ongoing series of drawings, paintings and sculptures which attempt to invent living brains. I trace the brain’s processes by tracking stimuli, impulses and thought transmissions, acknowledging each mind as a living human archive.

Each painted brain encapsulates its own individual eye-view. Time layers intermingle. The outside world enters via the senses and is immediately absorbed into the memory store where the past-present-future mutation process happens.

‘Consciousness’ is the fundamental subject under investigation.