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Ms Brighid Lowe
Slade School of Fine Art
Gower Street
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  • Senior Lecturer
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Research Summary

My work uses a wide variety of media and formats including text, sculpture and drawing. I often use repetition as a methodology to interrupt the flows of material that pass before us and that are incessantly discarded or that go overlooked. My research has centered on the archive: I make use of the archive either as a model for re-representing the world, or I use existing historical archives as a primary visual resource. More recently I have been questioning the neutrality of the archive, and have become interested in its overlap with the bureaucracy of auditing culture. Motivated by my ambivalent relationship with the internet, past works have attempted to map or imagine virtual space.

My current work considers ideas of evidence, loss, value and the tensions between rhetoric and substance, representation and materiality.

Writing has been a consistent aspect of my research, either as art works that use text, or as commissioned writing from the perspective of an artist/lecturer. My short story Ghost Writer was included in an anthology of artists' fiction, The Alpine Fantasy of Victor B and Other Stories, a unique compilation of fiction by leading British artists. In 2013, Obituary for ‘M’ was commissioned as part of Flash 500, an online writing project by Akerman/Daly, and I have made readings of text works at public events at Camden Arts Centre (2013) and the Festival of Art Writing (2009) Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Recently I have extended my use of repetition into a curatorial strategy. Parts & Labour, was an experimental project devised and curated with John Chilver (artist and Lecturer at Goldsmiths’ College Department of Fine Art). First staged in London 2012, then expanded and re-staged in 2014, in Osan, Korea, artists were invited to send instructions for actions or operations to be done to a pre-defined kit of materials, in no more than two hours' paid labour. Parts and Labour is an on-going experiment devised to reflect upon the material conditions of art production and the hierarchies and value of authorship and interpretation.

My solo exhibitions include Jerwood Artists' Platform, London in 2004, and selected group exhibitions include Intelligence, Tate Britain, (2000); You Are At Home Here, Lokaal 01, Breda, Holland, (2003); Take Shape-Make Shift, Instants Chavires, Paris (2010); Switch, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne (2012); The Museum of the Unwanted, Kunstmuseum Olten, Switzerland (2015).

In 1998, I received a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists and in 2007, Rain Drawing (1) was awarded second prize in the Jerwood Drawing Prize.

Academic Background
1991   Postgraduate Diploma University College London
1989   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Reading
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