Approved: 16.08.2006

Louisa Parker

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Approved: 16.08.2006

I think of my work as sculptural, although it takes many forms. My work is multi sensory, I use sound, performance, installation, drawing, books and objects in an attempt to engage the viewer in a physical relationship with the work. I try to draw attention to the act of participation and mine for emotional effect. My work can be atmospheric and unsettling and sometimes hovers around the overwhelming.

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Biography

I think of my work as sculptural, although it takes many forms. My work is multi sensory, I use sound, performance, installation, drawing, books and objects in an attempt to engage the viewer in a physical relationship with the work. I try to draw attention to the act of participation and mine for emotional effect. My work can be atmospheric and unsettling and sometimes hovers around the overwhelming. I also write cultural reviews for blogging sites, I have published an essay about art and trauma and I have engaged in research through practice. I am in the process of writing a graphic novel, based on my experience of growing up in the violent and misogynistic Yorkshire of the late seventies and early eighties. Becoming/Unbecoming tells the tale of Una, an unseen, unheard, unnoticed girl who wanders through a dark landscape, looking for justice. This autobiographical fiction takes place during the hunt for Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2009 - Master of Fine Art (MFA), University of Leeds, Leeds 2004 - BA Hons Fine Art (class 1), Leeds College of Art, Leeds Solo exhibitions 2012 - Grey Area - Table, Book and other drawings, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 2011 - Please find..., Bank Street Arts, Sheffield Group exhibitions 2012 - Linear, Shine, Leeds 2012 - Underground, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago 2011 - 14th International Artists Book Fair, University of Leeds, Leeds 2011 - Home From Home, 153 Woodhouse Lane, University of Leeds, Leeds 2010 - Artists Books and Performance, Leeds College of Art (Vernon St Library), Leeds 2010 - Between Expression and Action, Red Eric Studios, Leeds 2009 - 2nd Annual Artists Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 2009 - Octopus, University of Leeds MFA show, Leeds 2009 - The Voice and Nothing More, Slade School of Fine Art Research Centre, London 2008 - Opus (revised), University of Leeds, Priestly Lab 2008 - Opus without a number, Otley Courthouse, West Yorkshire 2008 - Signs (digital video), Margate Rocks, Drift festival, Margate 2007 - 60:60 three shorts, Light Night, ADHD, The Art Market, Leeds 2007 - Breathing Space, Brahm Gallery, Leeds 2006 - Diaspora, layered drawing, Artists Show 2006, Leeds City Art Gallery 2006 - Intersection, VIBE, Yorkshire Craft Gallery, Bradford University 2006 - Kitchen Sink # 2, Passing Through at Newton Grove curated by Monitor, Leeds, West Yorkshire 2006 - Kitchen Sink # 2, dvd Installation, Pop up at South Square, South Square Gallery, Thornton, Bradford 2006 - Words; French, Hungarian, Swahili, dvd series, Short Fringe at Leeds Art Fair, The Light, Leeds Curated projects 2007 - The Shortfringe Fringe at Leeds Art Fair, Leeds Art Fair, The Light, Leeds 2006 - Words; French, Hungarian, Swahili, dvd series, plus six other artists, Short Fringe, The Court House, Otley, Leeds Live/Performance 2010 - Cairn, Light Night, Park Square, Town Hall, Civic Hall, Victoria Gdns, Leeds 2009 - I am not asking for Forgiveness, Light Night, Leeds Town Hall clock tower, Leeds 2009 - The Voice and Nothing More - Clocks, Slade School of Fine Art Research Centre, London 2008 - Opus - The Unquiet Grave, Light Night Leeds, Leeds Town Hall Victorian prison cells 2007 - Private Performance, Perambulator/New Work Yorkshire, Leeds Met Gallery Theatre Artist talks 2010 - Exploring the edge of trauma-conference, Kingston University London, West Dean centre, Chichester Residencies 2011 - Drawing and performance, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 2006 - AA2A, Leeds College of Art and Design, Leeds, West Yorkshire 2006 - Sensory Sculpture Snake, installed in school entrance, West Special Inclusive Learning Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire 2005 - Peep, large scale photographic installation, Stanningley Primary School, Leeds Publications 2011 - Becoming/Unbecoming-The First Chapter