Multidisciplinary Visual Artist & Writer

I make art to tell hidden stories relating to ideas, systems and data and how these can be structured, combined, translated, and communicated.

hermeet.gill@gmail.com


Recent Projects

Between Earth & Air - Commission for History of Science Museum, University of Oxford.

Between Earth & Air - Commission for History of Science Museum, University of Oxford.

accident of birth | Stars the cause - Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

accident of birth | Stars the cause - Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

“Beneath the Surface” - Wytham Woods, University of Oxford

“Beneath the Surface” - Wytham Woods, University of Oxford

Digital Artwork: “and stop and look” - award winning map of Oxford

Digital Artwork: “and stop and look” - award winning map of Oxford

“Library of Things” - Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

“Library of Things” - Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

Snow (click for photography portfolio)

Snow (click for photography portfolio)

"this is me (sometimes)" - selected for “I Matter” touring exhibition

"this is me (sometimes)" - selected for “I Matter” touring exhibition

Sketch Prototype of The Workings of the Heart: work in progress

Sketch Prototype of The Workings of the Heart: work in progress

(Un)covered - Daisy J. Hung: photography commission

(Un)covered - Daisy J. Hung: photography commission


accident of birth | Stars the cause - Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (2021 - 2022)

Letterpress - Data Visualisation

This artwork, created in response to the Bodleian Library’s exhibition Melancholy: A New Anatomy, is inspired by Robert Burton’s interest in astrology. In The Anatomy of Melancholy, Burton writes that “a physician without the knowledge of stars can neither understand the cause or cure of any disease”.

Today, astrology is held in opposition to science and evidence-based approaches. Nonetheless, it intrigues me - a system built upon scientific observation, geometry, and mathematics, which aims to make sense of human lives.

Astrology claims to predict a person’s character and life path based on the position and alignment of planets at the time and place of their birth. However, the exact time and place of our birth also connects us to our mother and our wider circumstances: earthly constellations of contexts which also predict much about our experience of life, including our mental health. Predict, but not determine.

Three star charts, one actual and two hypothetical, reflect a family history in which three previous generations (in the UK, Uganda and India) in turn designated a different place for my birth. Unexpected opportunities and political upheaval moved my family from country to country, altering the birth places and life paths of the generations that followed. Each unrealised life path left ink-smudge imprints on my life experience: in my genetic makeup, in the consequences of forced migration events, and in cultural legacies.