Sumi Perera is an interdisciplinary artist, academic & curator who draws upon her background as a doctor, scientist & artist (MA Camberwell College, University of Arts London 2004) working in the east (born in Sri Lanka) & west (lives in the UK).
She combines traditional & contemporary printmaking techniques with Computer Numerical Controlled methods (laser, sandblasting, engraving etc) to produce multi-modular interactive works that generate sound (electroconductive inks), change colour (thermochromic & hydrochromic inks) that mutate & evolve upon touch. Her work investigates how the body occupies and navigates the built space, while exploring physical & mental boundaries & margins.
She has initiated many ongoing collaborative projects for the last 12 years that have been showcased at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol 2016 & Impact10 Conference in Santander, Spain 2018.
She is a senior fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, Society of Designer Craftsmen, Society of Graphic Fine Artists, Prism Print International & the 62 Group of International Textile artists. She combines diverse craft skills to create site-specific conceptual artworks.
She has held many international residencies in China, Italy, France & UK, & curated exhibitions. She has won several awards: Gold Medal Seoul International Bookarts Competition, The Prix de Print USA, 1st Prize Shelter USA, SCU & Manly Awards Australia etc. She has work held in many public collections: Tate, V&A Museum, Ashmolean, British Museum, Royal Collection, British Library, UK; Yale Centre for British Art USA; museums in Japan, China, Iraq, Egypt etc.