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BIOGRAPHY

Louise Mayell is a visual artist from Kent, UK. Mayell was awarded BA (Hons) Art and Aesthetics from University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 2000, producing artwork in a range of media, including painting, ceramics, photography and installation.

 

She went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Education in Art and Design, qualifying as a teacher in 2002. Mayell gained fifteen years experience teaching art specialisms and examination subjects in secondary schools across Kent, including courses in Fine Art, Textiles, Graphics and Photography.

 

Mayell recently completed studies in MA Photography at University for the Creative Arts, receiving a distinction for her fine art photographic work and research. 

 

Mayell now works as a Creative Workshop Tutor for University for the Creative Arts, teaching art and photography workshops to students from schools, colleges and youth clubs, as part of the University’s 'Future Students' and KAMCOP programmes. She is also a trained Arts Award advisor. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Revisiting the place of one’s birth and childhood can conjure mixed emotions. Memories of childhood are evoked, or can even seem to be retained within objects or spaces. The documentation of my childhood surroundings has inspired work that has, not only a nostalgia for the familiar, but which also explores the duality of sensations that can occur, when revisiting a location from one’s past. By photographing and merging imagery taken on and around the council estate where I grew up, I aim to depict the contrast between the natural and manmade structures that, for me, remain as landmarks of memory within the landscape. 

 

Electricity pylons and plants native to the marshes, form networks across the landscape like a web and a disused power station sustains a familiar backdrop in an ever evolving and changing environment.  A small area of preserved woodland, is almost all that now remains of the site where I was born. These sights have become personally significant and symbolic, along with the buzz of crickets and electricity power lines, that provide a familiar hum that resonates and strangely soothes. 

 

This recent work is a personal exploration and a search for the feelings of home, within an altered childhood habitat and a visual expression of a return to one’s roots. 

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