Tony Spencer is a contemporary visual artist, who uses sculptural installation and experimental sound to investigate our sensory perceptions. He creates platonic forms based on sacred geometry, which connect to science, nature and universal balance. Bound by a sense of ritual, he imbues the vessels from within, exploring effects of light, sound and ancestral energy, which gives them material agency.
Spencer, a qualified Sound Healer, creates an anthropological enquiry into how people engage with his work by inviting audiences to create healing sounds, directing their voice towards a person enveloped within the installations, for the intention of improving their wellbeing.
Spencer’s international work explores a connection to Africa and notions of tradition and diaspora. It follows on from a two year self-directed residency in Kartong Village, The Gambia, where he immersing himself within culture and tradition, performing as a Djembe player. He is currently exploring his own beliefs and experiences, creating an ethnographic enquiry into African spiritual practices, where energy and material are connected through animistic rituals.
Collaborating with other artists, connecting artists across an international platform and social engagement are integral to Spencer’s practice.
Tony Spencer is based at the Arches Studios, Southampton: http://aspacearts.org.uk/studios/arches-studios
He is an Associate Artist at Chapel Arts Studios: http://www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/artists/tony-spencer/