Approved: 28.06.2011

Nicola Perren

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Maker

Approved: 28.06.2011

I draw, paint and more recently have been making quilts – sometimes functional, sometimes not.

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Artist Statement

I draw, paint and more recently have been making quilts – sometimes functional, sometimes not.

Through the act of making art I am currently exploring notions of autonomy and those actions we take to display and affirm a person’s standing in a time of rampant neoliberalism.  The intention is quietly subversive and considers the idea of labour through a direct engagement with amateur and hobbyist activities.

As an action, materials and processes of art making are pivotal and equal to that of the subject matter. On occasions I enjoy being entirely distracted by this interaction with media and tools. Formal aspects of image making pull me back and ensure a personal dialogue with the subject matter alongside the act of making art itself.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2015 - Present. PhD [PT]: Activating the Amateur in and Arts Practice. The University of Huddersfield

2011 - MA Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University

1996 - BSc (Hons) Textile Design, The University of Huddersfield