LeahHislop Installation Artist

“The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself” Chief Seattle.

“Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steady gains in strength, At first it may be but as a spider's web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel.” Tryon Edwards

“In the same way that there is a heartbeats space and reaction, there is a gap – sometimes a chasm – between us and everything in our environment. In there, I believe we imbue people, animals, places and things with our ‘shadow selves’”. Margot Hattingh

Creating structures through repetition is the primary basis of my work. Currently I am interested in site specific installation, and this way of working has allowed me not only to create drawings in space by using wool and string but has also allowed me to create an environment that the viewer can explore inside.

Wool communicates a history of social bonding between female family members. Crafts such as sowing, knitting and weaving are taught traditionally from mother to daughter and so on to the next generation. It is my own need to connect to another person to this level, but ultimately dealing with my own and other peoples invisible boundaries which draws me to create webs.

The creating is as important as the end result; through making I feel I am enacting of my own experiences on the empty spaces I work in (my own intricate network of webs in my life). These experiences are both of connecting and in some situations disconnecting with others in my life.

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Email: leahhislop83@live.com
Website: http://leahartspider.blogspot.co.uk/

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