Dominic Wilcox works between the worlds of art, design, craft, and technology to create innovative and thought provoking objects. He makes things and draws his ideas and inventions – constantly transforming the mundane and ordinary into something surprising, wondrous and strangely thought provoking.
“I’ve convinced myself that within everything that surrounds us, there are hundreds of ideas and connections waiting to be found. We just need to look hard enough. Some of my ideas develop from observations on human behaviour and I express them through the objects I create. I also experiment with materials to try to find surprises that can’t be found simply by thinking with a pen or a computer.”
After being born in Sunderland Dominic behaved as normal for approximately 18 years. He was 2nd best in his art class so on leaving school he decided that he should be a graphic designer because that seemed to be like an artist except you were paid a wage. He then did an Art and Design foundation course at Sunderland University. The Graphics section of the course was lead by a conceptual artist called Charlie Holmes. He showed Dominic books full of ideas, inventions and strange things. Dominic saw that there was more to art than painting pretty pictures of fruit or rolling hills. Since then Dominic has thought up his own ideas and strange things. To cut a long story short he did a degree, then an MA at the Royal College of Art and has since made many things that are exhibited all over the world and appeared in many books and magazines. He gets commissioned by people and organizations to think up interesting unique ideas and turn them into reality or he just spends time doodling in his sketchbook and making things that get him excited.
He gets commissioned by people and organizations to think up interesting unique ideas and turn them into reality or he just spends time doodling in his sketchbook and making things that get him excited.
In 2009 he started a Webby award nominated blog called Variations on Normal where he shows his sketchbook inventions and observations. He has received commissions from a diverse range of organisations such as Paul Smith, Selfridges, The V&A museum, BMW Mini and Jaffa Cakes.
Wilcox is also the brainchild of Little Inventors, a collaborative project with expert educationalists, designers and curators. Little Inventors takes children’s invention ideas and makes them real.