Chelsea School and Royal Academy of Art graduate, Louise Garman creates uncompromising, experimental multi-media images with the volume turned up….Post apocalyptic dreams and nightmares…
Louise has exhibited at an array of places, spaces and galleries, including the critically acclaimed Royal Society of Women Artists at The Mall Galleries, London and the GM Arts Prize in Manchester…Everywhere from the historic Hanging Bridge at Manchester Cathedral to a shop unit at Salford Precinct, to Stockholm Sweden, Oviedo Spain, and Paris France.
She contrasts opposites like ugliness and beauty, life and death, black and white, harsh and tender.
“My art deals with abandoned, stark and neglected secret places – the ageing Dungeness nuclear power station, the beautiful and brutal Saddleworth Moor, and the derelict side of Salford. Polluting post-apocalyptic dreams, nightmares and enchantment. I wander round these unwanted places alone, drawing, photographing, and collecting forgotten items that have been tossed aside.”
“I collate these items, and build uncompromising installations using the objects found on these solitary walks…bird’s nests, sleeping tablets, a child’s mitten, nitrous oxide canisters…And as I continue to work on these themes, I juxtapose them together, creating new layered displaced drawings, photographic images and silkscreens.”
“ In a photographic image of Dungeness, I have concentrated on the dramatic, long distance perspective. And the colour changes are bold and unnatural. It is an emotional response to an inhuman, derelict, ugly manmade building. In the silkscreens of Saddleworth Moor, I have overdone the image, underdone the image, improvised, and layered the inks in translucent, subtle colourways. I have strived to break free of the conventional. In contrast, in my video “Earth Turning ” , the triptych focuses on the sky, the wind and the ocean, the movement of our natural world. They are unspoilt, untouched by human hand. “
It’s all about the journey, and each of these journeys have been documented. Initially, Louise believed that her practice was reflecting society, and our greed and non-caring attitude towards our environment. She then realised that her choice of subjects was saying more about her as an artist through the process of observation and selection. Subconsciously, she has focused on life and death. And then some…