I worked as a molecular biologist from 1995 to 2008 at the University of the Witwatersrand, one of South Africa’s premier universities. My field of study focused on the tuberculosis-causing bacterium and how it caused disease in the human immune system. I at the University of Witwatersrand where I realised the value of communicating the wonders and ideas of science.
After emigrating to Australia in 2008 I committed to working full time as an artist, where I have held several solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in South Africa and for the past seven years in Sydney (for details see www.sidsledge.com). I changed my name to help me forget that I was a scientist. I became the artist Sid Sledge. At the end of 2013, the beautiful ideas of science came rushing back to me, and as a result Sid and Steven now co-exist in my head and heart.
Being an artist has allowed me to see my love for ideas through a different filter. I saw them as beautiful objects and my work became about exploring these ideas and giving them a very different expression through art.
My work involves using scientific theory, often from the field that is familiar to me: Genetics and Evolution, and applying these directly to the language of art, to make paintings, drawings, animation and simple machinery. I try not to be too technologically focused, as I am more interested in the idea underlying the technology – in its potential aesthetic.
This process has in some cases brought me to work directly with scientists in different fields. I was curious about what ideas in different fields could tease out in the art-making. I also felt that scientists seeing their ideas in novel ways may be a powerful vehicle to release them and allow them to evolve.
Selected Group Exhibitions
- 2005 Bamboo gallery, Jhb SA;
- 2010 Art Beat Exhibition, Moriah College, Queens Park, Sydney;
- 2011 Gallery 41; group painting exhibition;
- 2012 Shir Madness exhibition Bondi pavillion; 2012 Balmain Art Show
- 2013 Ubuntu, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Callan Park, Rozelle; Art for kids spaces, gallery 307, Northbridge, Sydney; ‘We Dream, we speak’ Bondi Pavillion (Artists from the Ngala Mai Aboriginal/Torres Strait Is & The Jewish Community)
- 2014 Redfern Artist Group show (Home).. Gallery 107 in Redfern… 15 Oct to 25 Oct
- 2015 Tikkun Olam (Joint Exhibition with Aboriginal, Korean and Jewish artists); Temple Emanuel, Chatswood; April
- 2015 A Bit Blue 3; GKJE gallery 1 Mercure Hotel , Kings Cross
- 2016 my place + your place = a better place (Tikkun Olam) Exhibition at Waverley Library
- 2017 Traffic Jam Galleries, Untitled (April)
- 2018 Timber Mill Galleries; Illumination Exhibition
Selected Solo Exhibitions
- 2010 Coogee Art Lounge, Sydney; Global Gallery, Paddington Sydney;
- 2011 Waverley library – Bondi Junction;
- 2012 Art2muse, Double Bay (with photographer Ian Ginzberg)
- 2013 Queen street Gallery, Woollahra (August)
- 2016 Schrodinger’s Bird: Interpreting quantum physics through art, in collaboration with UNSW’s Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technologies at Bondi Pavilion Gallery
- 2018 (Joint Solo Show with Beric Henderson): Metamorphosis at ULTRAGRAFIK FINE ART in Port Macquarie
- 2016 Installation at CSIRO/AIP Industry Day (November)
- 2017 Illuminating Waffles Installation : The Wobably Wobally (is too wobbly probably); Glebe Markets (May)
- 2017 Month long residency at CSIRO (Lindfield) building Wobbly Machines
- 2018 Workshop at Science Gallery in Melbourne (Perfection Exhibition)
- 2012 Finalist Waverley Art Prize
- 2013 Finalist Waverley Art Prize
- 2014 Finalist Artbeat
- 2015 Finalist Waverley Art Prize