Gallery Volunteer Named Top Graduate

8th September 2016 at 15:42

LICA Graduate Elizabeth Lindley: One of the North West’s top fine arts graduates of 2016

We are very proud to discover that our own gallery volunteer here at Lancaster Arts has been revealed to be one of the top fine arts graduates in the North West this year! A handful of talented graduates from across the North West were identified as the best up-and-coming fine artists, nominated by tutors at institutions across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. The nominated graduates are featured on The Double Negative’s ‘Class of 2016’, a yearly tradition of the online magazine to highlight the diversity and talent found in our arts institutions. Elizabeth was nominated for her outstanding work exploring themes surrounding displacement via structural assemblages formed from discarded materials.

Elizabeth describes a little about the themes and development of her practice:

“My work arises from an anxiety surrounding current concerns of immigration, diaspora and homelessness. These unsettling circumstances, which we see and hear of daily, have heightened my awareness to the precarious nature of society and how the environments, memories and possessions that make up our lives can, so easily, be fragmented.”

“With salvaged, defunct, and discarded domestic materials, I create assemblages which come together momentarily before being disassembled and reordered again. The mundane and modest materials carry allusions to their previous lives and functions, now fragmented and displaced. With these ‘poor’ materials I aim for poetic integrity rather than exact depiction. Exploiting the temporary nature of balance allows me to create ad-hoc works that resonate with the fabric and images of domestic shelter yet are infused with restless displacement.”

“The development process is by far the most fundamental stage in my practice. For me, experimenting with materials and exploring ideas needs to happen continuously in order to keep an idea alive. I therefore don’t instinctively relate to the concept of a ‘final piece’ as it doesn’t come naturally to me to isolate one work from the larger creative process. I think it is this concern that led me to create these sculptural works that rely on balance and have, therefore, a restless energy that relates back to the making process and the prior development. These sculptures are never ‘final’ as their interest lies in their Ability to be deconstructed and reconfigured – they will never be entirely static.”

Elizabeth’s achievement is an exciting sign of the fresh talent emerging from LICA, and is testament to the richness and quality of the University’s contribution to the contemporary culture of fine arts.

Out of The Double Negative’s spotlight article has emerged an upcoming exhibition to showcase the collective talents of the featured graduates. ‘The Hanover Project’, a gallery space at the University of Central Lancashire will be hosting the first exhibition to display the works of the nominees. Details of the exhibition can be found here.