Marie Toseland (born 1987, UK) works across a wide range of media, producing objects, images, texts, sound and performance. Toseland was resident at No. 11, Porthmeor Studios as part of the Tate St Ives Artists Programme from October to December 2014. Selected through an open call to artists based in the South West of England, Toseland proposed to begin developing a new work in the form of a live experimental opera, La Bouchée, produced with rappers, musicians, actors, costume designers, grime MCs and a UK Beatbox champion. Taking battle rap, Nouveau Roman literature, and the plays of Luigi Pirandello as its point of departure, Toseland explored oral communication and the ambiguities of language with an interest in the disconnect between the performed and felt, and the disquieting nature of control.
During this period of research and reflection, Toseland also led a series of related reading groups with a small group of artists, curators and academics based in the local area. Her research also lead to working with ceramics at Plymouth College of Art and photography at Falmouth University where she created a set of colour photograms. These were later animated and developed into a video. Alongside this Toseland conducted conversations with Source FM which subsequently fed into a collaborative sound project titled Live ASMR with Sophie Mallett which was broadcast on Resonance FM, and Radia.
Toseland studied at Chesterfield College (2006–2007) and the University of the West of England (2007 - 2010). Selected exhibitions include: Rotate: The Potential for Windows and Scale, The Contemporary Art Society, London (2011); Plan for a Ruin, with Heather & Ivan Morison and Melanie Counsell, Islington Mill, Manchester (2013); Art Rotterdam with Works/Projects, Netherlands (2014) and Emotional Resources, NGCA, Sunderland (2014). Following the residency, Toseland was included in Southwest Showcase at Plymouth College of Art, with her solo show pushin’ sumthin’ nice, feat. Kinlaw (February – March 2015) which presented a body of work including some new work developed during her Artists Programme residency. She has also been included in the exhibition Breaking Up Is Hard to Do at KARST (February - March 2015). In addition she has gone on to undertake an experimental post-graduate programme at Open School East (January – November 2015), as well as the three year post-graduate programme at the Royal Academy Arts Schools (September 2015 – June 2018).