Tyler Moorehead is an installation artist and social provocateur exploring the balance of tensions between social and personal fragility. With an interest in the impacts of societal breakdown on mental wellbeing, Tyler considers the sustainability of the individual ‘under pressure’, within the context of identity and place.
Tyler works in an anthropological context, drawing on symbols, artefacts, sensory stimulation and esoterica to pursue art as experience at the intersection of design, performance and place making. Her 2018 street installation ‘Positive Pavements’ was part of the 2018 Merge Festival, focused on wellbeing.
Tyler has been recognised as a change maker in environmental and social justice, a previous career in advocacy that awakened her interest in mental health in the community. Having learned to sew from a young age, and completed coursework in spatial and furniture design at Central St. Martins, she developed the ‘Handmade Recovery’ working on upholstery alongside Londoners with lived experience of mental health. She was included in the title '100 Words 200 Visionaries share their hopes for the future,' Conari Press 2010, and works on mental health leadership for charity, Think Ahead.
Tyler studied philosophy and cultural anthropology at Trinity College, Hartford, and documentary film at NYU School of the Arts, where her thesis explored the impact of billboard advertising on male immigrants to New York City.
Exhibitions include solo shows ‘Meet Me at the Upside Down Table’, Platform Southwark; and 'EMBRACE : The things that unite us’ at SWAY Gallery, London. In 2017 Tyler was selected for the Become Become nomadic residency, London,UK; and 32 degrees East, Kampala, Uganda. She is the current Illuminate Artist-in-Residence at Platform Southwark, an artist space and gallery in the heart of SE1.
Photo credit: J.C. Gutierrez