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Phoebe Corker-Marin

MA work

The Epic in the Intimate

The starting point for 'The Epic in the Intimate'  was the concept of scale. Often asked if she had thought of working bigger, Phoebe decided to focus on the idea of ‘epic’, but an epic of scope rather than material size. Our emotions can take on epic proportions which are often hidden from those outside of ourselves. They are sprawling messy complicated journeys with no end. She therefore has set out to transcribe personal emotional events into twelve chapters: Twelve sculptures that combine materials and poses of the female body to evoke these experiences.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2018



  • As an artist I seek to explore our internal narratives. For me these experiences are quite physical, grounded in my body. It is through my body that I perceive, remember, and react to the world. I therefore set out to transcribe these internal experiences into physical objects; evoking the emotions through the materials and poses of my sculptures. I find the process of making them has a meditative quality, grounding me when my thoughts become too chaotic. Their small, hand-held, scale makes problems manageable and suits the intimate subjects they address. Rather than shouting, their size is an invitation to come closer and engage with their world.

  • Degrees

  • BA Experiemental Psychology, University of Oxford, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • Postgraduate Showcase, The Textile Society’s Antique Textile Fair, Manchester, 2018; Showcase for QEST Annual Fundraiser, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2018; Textiles Work-In-Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; QEST Scholars Exhibition, Royal Warrant Holders Association Luncheon, London, 2017; Textiles Work-In-Progress Show, RCA, London, 2017; Final Year Student Exhibition, Christ's Hospital, Horsham, 2012
  • Awards

  • The Textile Socciety, Postgraduate Finalist, 2018; The Worshipful Company of Needlemakers, Book Prize for Christ's Hospital Pupil, 2012
  • Publications

  • Antique Textile Fair Success, The Textile Society Newsletter, No. 65, 2017, p. 20.; QEST Scholars, 2017, QEST Magazine, Issue 36, 2017, p. 9.