Approved: 15.04.2009

Lorsen Camps

Artist, Curator, Maker, Teacher, Writer

Approved: 15.04.2009

I have been exploring the notion of ‘beauty in the disregarded’ since the beginning of my practice. I have always been drawn to things that are overlooked, discarded or seen as worthless: found objects; second-hand items; ‘low’ art forms or materials; even moments or incidental details of everyday life. This has meant quite a varied back catalogue of work but the concept has always remained at its heart.  

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Biography

I have been exploring the notion of ‘beauty in the disregarded’ since the beginning of my practice. I have always been drawn to things that are overlooked, discarded or seen as worthless: found objects; second-hand items; ‘low’ art forms or materials; even moments or incidental details of everyday life. This has meant quite a varied back catalogue of work but the concept has always remained at its heart.  

I am currently working with polystyrene packaging – something usually hated or unwanted - if it is even ‘seen’ at all. I have been using paint to highlight the beauty of its form and its unique ‘polystyreneness’ as well as raising questions of value.   

My other focus is using old washing machine drums to create sculptural works. I've been exploring this meeting of the utilitarian with the aesthetic.  

CV & Education

Work in Recent exhibitions

2019 - Leamington Open (Winner)

2018 - Coventry Open

2018 - Royal Academy 250th Summer Exhibition, London

2018 - Northampton Open

 

Curated projects

2016 - Gallage, Coventry 

2014 - Shed-Collect-Shed: Coventry's Lost & Found, Coventry Centre for Contemporary Art (CCCA), Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry

2013 - The Charity Shop Tour Shop, Coventry City Centre

2011 - Beauty and the Beach: Landlocked in the Heart of England, CCCA, Meriden, Coventry

2010 - Journeys into the Disregarded, CCCA (with the Mead Gallery), Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

2009 - Beauty in the Disregard-shed, CCCA, Earlsdon, Coventry

2008 - Beauty in the Disregarded, Old Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa

 

Publications 

2010 - Beauty in the Disregarded: The Charity Shop Tour