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Miss Lilah Fowler
Slade School of Fine Art
University College London
  • Senior Teaching Fellow
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Born 1981 in London and studied at The Royal College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. Lilah Fowler is an artist working in sculpture, print and installation within research themes that have involved collaborations with mathematicians, architects and computational programmers, quantum physicists and geochemists.

Fowler’s practice is a questioning of the relationship between function, form and the art object, shaped by an interest in the design of urban and architectural space. Sculpture, image and other elements take on the combined form of installations that question the common, mutable languages that inform how we interpret our surroundings.  The work reflects on research exploring a range of related issues, from the aesthetics of mass-produced objects to the sense of space created by our emerging digital culture.

Her work has been exhibited at world-wide venues including: The Museum Vasarely of Fine Arts, Hungary (2016), Galerie Gisela Clement, Germany (2015), Siobhan Davies Studios, London (2013), Maria Stenfors, London (2015, 2013), Clement&Schneider, Germany (2013), Malgras|Naudet & The Royal Standard, Manchester and Liverpool (2013), Joshua Tree Art Gallery, USA (2013), Cosmophobia, Berlin, curated by Tom Trevatt (2012), Bold tendencies5, London (2011), Cartel, London, curated by Oliver Basciano (2012), Kunsthal KaDe Amersfoort, Netherlands, curated by Keith Coventry (2011), Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2012), Art Futures Hong Kong, China (2011), Space in Between, London (2011),  OVADA, Oxford (2010), Architectural Association, London (2009), MAXIMAL MINIMAL (2009), Switzerland, Hiscox Art Collection, London (2009). She is currently working on several permanent public commissions on Tottenham Court Road, London and Bristol's City Centre, see www.lilahfowler.com for further info.

Lilah Fowler is represented by Galerie Gisela Clement.

Research Summary

Research considerations cover several interconnected themes over time.

Architecture and Urban Design

This looks specifically at how the planning of natural and urban environments and their design values can effect social movement, interaction, and the intricate complexities of our experiences of and relationships to our surroundings. Examples look at highway-side architecture and the iconography and syntax of road travel, or the politics of contemporary society’s increasing proliferation of ‘non-places’. These non-places can be viewed as ambiguous, but productive and critical, gaps within contemporary society, and as a deliberate contrast to the pervasive accessibility of a growing digitized society. Within this theme, these architectural structures are compared with the materiality of the digital world; examining code as language and equating this to ‘real’-space, suggesting an analogy where space can be read both as text and passage.

Technology and the Contemporary Landscape
Here the research considers the sense of space created by our emerging digital culture: the cross-sections of car culture, the aesthetics of new power systems, and the infrastructure that underwrites our current technologies. The artworks that fall out of this research contemplate the often contradictory understanding we have of contemporary landscape, when it is shadowed or paired with technology, and virtual tools that are designed to aid our experience and navigation of our physical world. For instance, the mind and physical balance that occurs from the transformed global perspective that satellite maps give to our occupation of the space the under our feet. Such an examination uncovers a vast system of infrastructure, miles of cabling and data centres, often placed in remote desert locations.  

Our contemporary landscape is now made up of infinite layers of ‘nature’, and this is a concept that I refer to as ‘nth nature’, a point that comes after farmed fields, to Google StreetView, on to a potentially infinite number of layers of what we might consider nature. ‘Nth nature’ is an expanded definition of landscape and nature, which takes into consideration our current ways of mapping, imaging and transforming our surroundings. It refers to the influence of power and politics on the alteration of landscape’s material and surface, how distant infrastructures including mines, wind, solar and data farms find their way into the mundane objects and interactions of our urbanised lives.

The core feature of this research is of finding new shapes in looking; here, this extends to how the digital and physical collide, when, after all, they both rely on a hidden infrastructure in remote locations. More specific details on the outcome of these themes in artwork can be found at: www.lilahfowler.com

Teaching Summary

Fowler joined Slade in 2010 and is based in Sculpture, teaching in the studios across BA/BFA & MA/MFA courses at the Slade School of Fine Art. Experience as a visiting lecturer include Byam Shaw School of Art, Central Saint Martins and University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Academic Background
2012 PGCLTHE Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Institute of Education
2008 MA Master of Arts – Sculpture Royal College of Art
2005 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Sculpture Edinburgh College of Art
2001 Dip. Diploma – Art and Design Camberwell College of Art
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