Sunlight by 2012 Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price (UK) is a 2-channel video installation that incorporates thousands of glass plate negatives of the sun. Taken on a daily basis between 1875 and 1945 they are some of the earliest scientific solar images and were discovered by the artist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory during a residency with Dr. Hugh Mortimer, 'Space Scientist'. The work traces and connects the paths and attitudes of celestial and human bodies. Female figures appear frozen in negative ; arms raised as if to shield their eyes from the dominant solar gaze. A nostalgic 1978 soundtrack seduces as the work expresses an excess of power.
Elizabeth Price works in contemporary moving image and video installation. She studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art and the Royal College of Art before completing a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Leeds in 1998. Since then she has taught at Kingston University, Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art. She is a former member of the indie pop band Talulah Gosh. Elizabeth Price has had solo exhibitions at Walker Art Centre, Kunsthalle , Musee d’art Contemporain, The Baltic, The New Museum, Winterthur, Museum fur Naturkunde, Tate Britain, BFI Southbank, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Chisenhale, Bloomberg SPACE and Frieze Art Fair. She has participated in group exhibitions at Hayward Gallery, Centre Pompidou, Modern Art Oxford, Centre for Contemporary Art Prague, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Art Basel, Whitechapel Gallery, IKON to name a few. She was nominated for Film London's Jarman Award in 2011. In 2012 she won the Turner Prize. She lives and works in London