VANESSA

LAWRENCE

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Artist Statement

My work focuses on layered looking, sustained meditations on held moments; that build narrative. I work predominantly in pastels, charcoal, ink & gouache paint.

 

I was introduced to drawing from film at the Royal Drawing School, and extended this practice to drawing from theatre and live performances in long unfurling concertina sketchbooks. 

 

As the pandemic forced cinemas, theatres & life drawing rooms to shut; I endeavoured to discover opportunities to draw inspiration online. Drawing Cabaret Couture emerged in early lockdown with inspiring and vibrant life drawing opportunities, that unfolded narrative through the prism of couture fashion and performance. Their weekly live life drawing sessions are a  vital part of developing my drawing practice & building visual narratives in my work. 

 

I am currently working on an extended graphic narrative work of large scale pastel drawings and Oulipo inspired poems. It is my ambition to collate these as a graphic novel inspired by love stories during our Covid times. I am exploring what it is to love in captivity, and how to foster intimacy in isolation; together and apart. 

 

I value drawing as a way to unfold narrative, fostering dialogues & drawing people into my work.

 

Prizes & Awards 2020:

 

The C Word: nominated for The Comedy Women In Print Prize 2020 @cwipprize

Artist nominated for FIDAx Celine Award 2020

VIA Arts Prize 2020 Finalist 

 

CV:

 

Royal Drawing School London

MA Fine Art Practice, University of Brighton.

PGCE Art & Design, University of Brighton.

BA Fine Art Painting, University of Brighton.

 

Artist & Educator for Tate, National Gallery, Barbican Centre, V&A