Postcards from the UK III

The following is WPG President Martha Oatway’s write-up on Elizabeth Couzins Scott, one of the artists in the AA2A program Martha introduced us to in her previous postcard.  Exciting side note–Martha is back states side for a short visit and will be at today’s “Thank You Silver Spring” party at the gallery (1-4 pm).  Stop by to say hello and tell her your favorite UK blog contribution!

Liz Couzins Scott with her "Stiched Faces" body of work

The Artists Access to Art College (AA2A) program in the UK provides four professional artists unlimited studio access for two semesters at each university.  I had the privilege to work with three of the AA2A printmaking students at the University of Central Lancashire this past year.

In September last year’s AA2A participants showed their work in the gallery at the university.  I’ve already written about David Henckel, here is Elizabeth Couzins Scott in her own words.

“The AA2A scheme has given me the opportunity to experiment with producing more complex printed surfaces onto fabrics. Having an uninterrupted period of time to think has enabled me to diversify and create a new body of work that would have been impossible at my own studio

close-up of "Stitched Faces"

My current practice has developed from my interest in the symbolic and cultural meaning of consumer culture and contemporary anxieties .There are powerful cultural forces that persuade women to buy into the impossible beauty myth. Our society is consumed with visual images of external female perfecton.It would seem that women from early childhood can be socialized into gender stereotypes for social approval. Cosmetic surgery procedures are being sought by younger and younger women

The interpretation of these themes led me to use a selection of figurative images taken from one glossy fashion magazine which were rearranged, collaged, stitched and applied to dolls faces .The imagery was then printed onto a selection of fabrics like silk organza and transparent polyester using photo silk screen techniques and then layered, bonded and stitched together to produce unsettling images.”

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