William Cobbing British , b. 1974

Starting from a sculptural sensibility Cobbing’s works include video, installation and performance. Clay and ceramics are utilized to explore notions of haptics, gesture, formlessness and entropy. Actions are looped, often engaging with slapstick humour and absurdity. The works, whether moving image or sculpture, appear to be caught in a state of incompletion, negating a sense of a finality.
Cobbing studied sculpture at Central St Martins (1997), De Ateliers artists’ institute in Amsterdam (2000) and a PhD by Practice at Middlesex University (2010). He was awarded the Helen Chadwick Fellowship at Ruskin School and British School at Rome, resulting in the Gradiva Project at Freud Museum and Camden Arts Centre (2007-8). Cobbing undertook residencies at Turquoise Mountain in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010, and Tokyo Arts and Space in 2014. From January-April 2021 he will have a residency at EKWC European Ceramic Workshop in The Netherlands.