Lizzie Thurman Exhibition
Thurman’s first international solo exhibition in Nairobi, consists of a new body of work developed within her continued theme of universal, cultural and social contradictions.
Returning to Africa from where her most formative influences stem, Thurman’s showcase is one of engagement, intended to stimulate interpretation and conversation.
Her observations are fixed moments in time; sensitive and frequently humorous, described through narrative and use of appropriate media – a coherent and perceptive commentary.
This collection of 3-dimensional heads and works on paper has been supported by the Arts and British Councils and produced in her Shropshire studio.
A polarized message is reflected in Thurman’s work, informed by African experiences and concerned with the contradictions apparent within our cultures and societies; the universal paradox and inconsistencies of human behavior – misconceptions.
Thurman creates curious, fictional characters in varying dimensions, mixing media and material to produce convincing personalities and narrative. Her work is spontaneous and ambiguous – decisive misrepresentations are made in her endeavor to generate inquiry and a conversation with the viewer.
As an “outsider” (Textiles at CSM London), Thurman’s naïve approach to technique has facilitated and enhanced the raw implication of contradictions relating to her subject. In her challenge to captivate the vagaries in human nature, she works initially from observation and then reworking using a continual-line method which is direct, emotive and absent of tonal detail. Her choice of material is informal and description often subversive; she believes that their should be no boundaries within exploration and understanding of subject. Her deliberate mark-making and the significance of animated perspective is frequently formed in reverse and with the use of both hands – an unrehearsed, raw response with the intention to promote inquiry.
Thurman’s relationship with Africa and the influences within her work developed shortly after graduating from Central Saint Martin’s. She was awarded funding from the Arts Council to participate in an Anglo -Egyptian project which involved travel through Egypt, culminating in an exhibition of work staged at the Egyptian Embassy London and supported by a Channel 4 documentary. This resulted in commissions and a collaboration with Paul Smith. Thurman went on to produce collections under her own label before entering the world of publishing as a Design Editor at IPC Magazines. She worked and traveled extensively within her role as art director/stylist, offering the opportunity to deploy her visual skills and diverse creativity within context.
In the nineties, Thurman spent nine months traveling through Madagascar, East Africa and Indonesia, retracing the migration routes of the Malagasy people. This cultural integration and daily recording developed her skills of visual narrative which continues to feed into her work today.
Thurman is a devoted promoter of Art within education and has been teaching since 2005. This has supported the development of process and practice.
Exhibiting regularly in London, Nottingham and Shropshire since 2008, Nairobi will be Thurman’s first international exhibition.
Kenyan Arts Review - 1-03-2018 - Lizzie Thurman's Tribe of Talking Heads at One Off
Preview of Works
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