The third of four contemporary Art and Mental Health Talks, organised by the ARC research group with Plymouth Community Healthcare.
Artist Louisa Fairclough has recently been working in collaboration with composer Richard Glover to interpret drawings by her deceased sister as sonic and spatial scores for film installations and choral performances.
These sketchbook drawings were made using handwritten text and materials such as thread, laminate and cropped personal photographs, and find a concise visual language to describe her sister's experience of living with the highs, lows and anxieties of Bipolar Disorder.
Louisa Fairclough is a Bristol-based artist. Recent commissions include Whitstable Biennale 2014 and PRS Bristol New Music for Arnolfini, 2014. Song of Grief and Bore Song are two film installations from an acclaimed body of work entitled Ground Truth.Song of Grief was shown as a solo installation in Guy Sherwin’s Film in Space at Camden Art Centre (2013) and Bore Song was acquired by Contemporary Art Society for Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum: The Wilson in 2013. Essays on Fairclough’s work include Iain Sinclair’s Shallow Excavations (2014); Ciara Moloney for This is Tomorrow (2012) and Cherry Smyth’s Cutting the Skin of the Moment (2011). She is a founding member of BEEF (https://beefbristol.wordpress.com): a film, sound and performance collective in Bristol. Louisa was a lecturer at Slade School of Fine Art, 2002 – 2008, is currently an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.
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