Dale Vulpes Vulpes - medical artist
Samantha currently works in the pharmaceutical industry practicing art under her artistic alter ego Dale Vulpes Vulpes. 'Vulpes Vulpes' denotes the genus and species of the European red fox; a tribute to her namesake. Samantha considers herself a modern day polymath, you can learn more about her non-artistic work via her personal site Samantha Dale Fox
Dale Vulpes Vulpes focuses on medical science as a multidisciplinary subject matter. Previously she obtained a degree in Biomedical Sciences and worked as a health care assistant in NHS hospitals. Her encounters of medical science, through study and personal observation, inspire her work. Influenced by the biomorphic experiments of the surrealists and early medical drawings her work emphasises the intellectual and emotional disconnect humans have with our understanding of ourselves. It seeks to emphasise these disconnects and expose elements typically unseen.
Dale Vulpes Vulpes achieves this by depicting the many facets that comprise humans, anatomical through to molecular, juxtaposing familiar elements with the unfamiliar, inviting the viewer to question what it means to be human.
Predominantly working with ink and paper, Dale Vulpes Vulpes seeks to expand her repertoire whilst keeping with her artistic, environmental, and political values. She chooses to work predominantly with biro pens and common place or upcycled materials. This is a homage to recognise her artist origins as child in poverty using the limited resource at hand, and to acknowledging how far she has developed in technical abilities and personal style. Dale wants her artwork not only to contemplate scientific and human themes, but also be a reflection of herself.
Her development is marked broadly by which colour movement she is working in. Currently Dale Vulpes Vulpes is in the red phase, this sees her work explore mediums beyond ink, predominantly collage,
watercolour pencil, and acrylic. The red phase is about focusing on building pieces from individual units, be that cells, proteins, strips of paper or units of related work. It also see Dale incorporate some of her feminist and public healthcare politics into the works.
Besides the colour movement she is working in, Dale broadly divides her work into 'conscious' and 'unconscious'. Molecular, cellular, and some structural work of the unconscious all contain silver and gold components. These represent atoms forming together from stardust and evolving into something more precious; consciousness. Gross anatomy and other works of the conscious instead contain one or three defined 'dots' within the work. These dots represent the moles on the left side of Dale's neck, symbolising the stardust's final physical manifestation: humanity.
Dale Vulpes Vulpes produces only original pieces, no prints, so the work you own is truly exclusive. Each artwork is framed using unique frames ethically sourced from local antique and charity shops, in a process called upcycling. All frames have been lovingly cleaned and re-taped, though please note the odd scrape may still exist. Dale considers this a characterisation of the history of the artwork, not a flaw.
Dale Vulpes Vulpes is active within her wider local art and science communities. Some of her affiliations and collaborators are listed below.
Sci Art Centre (International)
Art Centre and Gallery (Bedford)
Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare, University of Cape Town
Life drawing, King's College, University of Cambridge
Fine Art, Sharnbrook Upper School