Christine Borland was born in Scotland in 1965. She received a B.F.A at the University of Ulster, in Belfast and an M.F.A at the Glasgow School of Art. Borland is one of Scotland's most successful and internationally recognized artists.
Borland is known for her intelligent and poetic fusion of art and science. She works with forensic science and medicine, including police and judicial processes and has collaborated with the Medical Research Council's Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at Glasgow University. She has said, "The heart of what I am trying to discuss is very dark, very strong and passionate, and if you can reach that through quite a rational process, I think it becomes more powerful, and importantly, more powerful to the viewer."
In November 1996, she presented Second Class Male, Second Class Female
, at Sean Kelly Gallery, an installation featuring two reconstructed heads from unidentified human skulls. In 1997, for her first solo show in London, L'Homme Double
at the Lisson Gallery, she commissioned six academically-trained sculptors to make life-size clay heads of the Nazi Auschwitz doctor, Josef Mengele, from photocopied pictures of him which she provided and descriptions which Auschwitz survivors had made. The same year she was nominated for the Turner Prize.
In recent years Borland has expanded her discourse to include the topic of genetic science. In her second solo exhibition at Sean Kelly Gallery in 2000, Spirit Collection
, Borland presented a video projection of an animated 19th century engraving of a young boy suffering from muscular dystrophy. The centerpiece of this exhibition was the eponymous installation, Spirit Collection
, featuring numerous drop-shaped glass containers each filled with a single bleached skeletal leaf, floating in a clear liquid solution and suspended from the ceiling.
Recent international exhibitions have included Selected Preserves
, Galeria Toni Tapies, Barcelona; Conservatory
, Centre for Contemporary Art of South Australia, Adelaide and Simulated Patient
, Lisson Gallery, London, both in 2004; Christine Borland
, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, 2002; Christine Borland
, Survey, Kunstverein Munich, Germany, 2002-2003 and Nephilla-Mania
, the Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, among many others.
Christine Borland lives and works in Scotland.