Suky Best (born in London, 1962) is an artist working with print, animation and video. Through the manipulation and re-assembling of still photographic images, Best reveals unexpected and sometimes hidden meanings or contents of an image. The artist’s endeavours to enhance time and space through re-framing and zooming provides the image with numerous other realities.
In 2005 Film and Video Umbrella commissioned Suky Best to make ‘The Return of the Native’ as part of the project ‘Silicon Fen’, which was a series of commissions of digital art. The work itself and the wider project are both accompanied by publications. ‘The Return of the Native’ is a work that is exemplary of Best’s interest in manipulation and juxtaposition. Across a series of photographs and video animations Best digitally ‘reintroduces’ a number of indigenous birds and insects, plants, mammals and amphibians — marsh warblers, ground beetles, Fen orchids, water voles and common frogs amongst them — into landscapes where they are now seldom or no longer seen.
Best has had solo shows at Baltic, Gateshead; The Photographers’ Gallery and Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London; The Centre for Photography, Amsterdam; and The British Council Gallery in Ecuador. In 2004 she was a recipient of a Wellcome Trust SciArt Research and Development Award. She has also been commissioned by Animate and Channel 4 and The Great North Run.