Louisa Chambers

Louisa Chambers

Artist, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Teacher, Researcher

In her most recent practice, the visual artist Louisa Chambers has been developing a new series of works that incorporates a simple paper folded form. Focusing on how a folded shape can be transfigured at speed from a temporary structure (three dimensional) into a flat two dimensional space (painting and drawing). Each form can be squashed again, folded, opened, reconfigured and recorded. Coloured patterned tessellations that are on the surface of the paper suggest other spaces, angles and areas of illusion. She is interested in how the marked painted surface can be perceived as a spatial element and how this can interact with figures that are situated in the foreground in a painting. These depicted idiosyncratic shapes and scenes often have been assembled in the artwork to make anthropomorphic forms teetering between abstraction and figuration.

Appropriated references derive from everyday sources, which can be from observation or images that she have retrieved from the internet. This produces juxtaposition between the handmade aesthetic of painting contrasting the instant accessibility of the digital image. Often these invented forms make reference to science fiction, architectonics and landscapes, presenting alternative visual and virtual worlds where structures govern out society and technology rules.

Louisa graduated with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art and a BA in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. She has exhibited her work throughout the UK and has been a finalist in competitions such as Nottingham Castle Open 2015, Nottingham Castle Museum (Purchase Prize Winner, Nottingham 2015), Creekside Open, APT Gallery (London 2015), Zeitgeist Open (London 2012) and John Moores 25 at the Walker Art Gallery in (Liverpool 2008). 

Future and recent exhibitions include: If a pair is two, what is three? Paravent and Razzle: All that Jazz, The Harley Gallery (Nottinghamshire 2016), Lift, London Arts Board (London 2016), Now for Tomorrow II, Nottingham Castle Museum (Nottingham 2016), Geometry: Wonky & Otherwise, Déda (Derby 2015), Autocatalytic Future Games, no format (London 2015), In Miniature, Small Collections Room, Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham 2015), (detail) at H Project Space (Bangkok 2014) Transition Gallery (London, 2014) and The Usher Gallery (Lincoln 2014-2015), Pareidolia, Pluspace (Coventry 2014), Water Colour Revolution, Winsor and Newton, Saatchi Gallery (London 2014), About Painting at Castlefield Gallery (Manchester 2014) Stereoscope at Mrs Rick’s Cupboard, Primary (Solo- Nottingham 2013), Rotation at New Court Gallery (Solo- Derby 2013), Flatland at Blyth Gallery (London 2012) and Needle’s Eye at BayArt Gallery (Cardiff 2012) and Transition Gallery (London 2012).

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Location Derby, East Midlands
Activities Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Special needs education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops
Artforms / type of project Education project, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Research
Tags Louisa Chambers, Painting, Artist, Lecturer, Educational Projects
Website http://www.louisachambers.com