Lizy Bending | Profile

 

 

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About me


Political Printmaker | Performance Poet

I have been a printmaker for over 8 years now, I have trained in the majority of printmaking processes, however the wonderful thing about print (as it adapts to become contemporary print media) is that there are always new disciplines and approaches to learn. Since graduating in my BA Hons Fine Art, I have been lucky enough to exhibit all over London as well as nationally and internationally, as well as being Artist in residence for both Long term positions (Ochre Print Studios) and short periods (including festivals, galleries and mentoring programs).

Alongside working as a printmaker, I am a trained print technician, gallery assistant, have taken on a number of both commissions and editions for other artists and designers, and I am have currently just started working in my new artist studio in London as well as being a spare pair hands/ assistant for Trevor price.

To run simultaneously to my printmaking practice, I have recently begun exploring poetry and the spoken word that flow into and respond to my performances and happenings, creating new rhythmic pieces that allow me to discuss in more depth many of the concepts and contexts of my socio-political, feminist and cultural practices. 

 

 

My work


My theory is based in the realm of the political, artworks have an incredible autonomy and thus, the power to educate. Through my work I want to make issues surrounding politics, society, culture and the economy accessible to all. Through visual imagery I plan to break down the boundaries that many feel exist, isolating them from interacting with these subjects. Combining print media with the construction of objects, my practice aims to provoke discussion, using emotive aesthetics that transform socio-political concepts into visually stimulating bodies of work.


Through establishing a revival of woodcutting; a common-place practice amongst ‘revolutionary’ artists of the past.  I am embracing the heritage of political printmaking, woodblocks were initially developed due to their accessibility both as a resource and their communicative qualities, which contextually, I continually exploit throughout my practice. Nevertheless, communication in our contemporary society is driven by technology, therefore my latest works try to embrace this, creating culturally relative, digital prints that are then transformed into the physical through archival and museology interests.


I have begun to parallel printmaking with object making, using the prints as coloured and textured drawings before entering them into tangibility, creating sculptural works that redefine the spatial potential of printmaking, to include sculpture, installation and participatory prints. Alongside this I experiment with creating external works outside of the studio setting, pushing my personal relationship with my practice and as I begin to interact with the public. Although these works are often ephemeral, their impact is heightened due to this interaction and their existence in society as a real world setting, this aspect of my printmaking practice allows me to use the public not only as subject matter but as material, as I begin to make work with people not just concerning people.

 

 

Awards


  • Shortlisted for Bloomberg’s New Contemporaries 2013
  • Shortlisted for Neo Print Prize 2014
  • Successful applicant of Someone & Something 2014
  • Successful applicant of Rising Stars 2015
  • Artist talk UCA Farnham Alumni 2015
  • Artist Talk- Launch of Art In Disguise (Platform 504- Meanwhile space) Nov 2015
  • Performance poetry- Spoke Night (Tricycle Theatre) Dec 2015
  • Performance poetry- Con-fusion (Espacio Gallery) Jan 2016
  • Performance poetry- Art Lover Ground Dec 2015
  • Jan 2016- Artist in residence @ CRASH 2016
  • Jan 2016- Artist in residence @ Espacio Gallery 
  • Jan 2015- Dec 2015; Artist in residence @ Ochre Print Studios
  • June 2014- Artist in residence @ Gottwood festival 

Exhibitions


  • Jan 2016 - ‘Con-fusion’ at Espacio Gallery, London
  • Jan 2016 - ‘Crash emerging artist show’ Brierfield Mill, Lancashire
  • Dec 2015 - ‘ Art Maze ’ at The Barge House, London
  • Dec 2015 - Poetry Performance at Spoke night, Tricycle Theatre
  • Dec 2015 - End of residency solo show at Ochre Print Studios, Surrey 
  • Dec 2015 - ‘ Osman’s Xmas Bazaar ’ at, Studio 1.1, London 
  • Dec 2015 - Group show & solo poetry performances at ‘ Art Lover Ground ’, London 
  • Oct 2015 - ‘ Pallet Paradise ’ at Seven Sisters, London 
  • Sept 2015 - Live Art Piece at The Village Fete, London 
  • Sept 2015 - ‘ Curio Project ’ at Battersea Barge, London
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