Manon Awst is a Welsh artist who explores sites through installations, films and performances. Her main point of departure is the constant flow and transformation of materials, across a range of timescales, which means places are always in the process of their own becoming. Seen through this lens, architecture and cities, rocks and coastlines, valleys and mountains become live entities that are malleable in the imagination.
Growing up on Anglesey in North Wales undoubtedly shaped her perception of place as fluid construction - it is an island rich in mythical and geological peculiarities, and home to numerous prehistoric monuments which continue to be spheres for reflection and experiment.
She studied Architecture at Cambridge University and Artistic Research at the Royal College of Art, London, and lived in Berlin for ten years where she collaborated with German artist Benjamin Walther on a range of art projects. Awst & Walther’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across Europe, including Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Georg Kolbe Museum, Boros Collection, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Mostyn, Oriel Davies and the National Gallery of Art in Cardiff. They have permanent artworks installed at Nant Gwrtheyrn, North Wales and Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin. In 2019 a catalogue showcasing their work was published by Distanz.
In 2015 Manon received a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales and established her studio in Caernarfon, North Wales. As well as developing site-specific art projects and commissions, she writes poetry and performs regularly at different cultural events as a solo artist and with the female collective Cywion Cranogwen. She is currently Public Spaces Creative Co-ordinator at Pontio, Bangor University.