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Venue: The Gallery at Bank Quay House
When: 13/04/2017 - 04/07/2017
Opening Thursday 13 April, 5-7pm
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8.30am-5pm, Sat: 10am-3pm
Hatton born illustrator Louise Weir returns to Warrington for a new solo exhibition at The Gallery At Bank Quay House this Spring.
This new and recent work is an investigative journey of memory, identity and loss informed by Dickens’ novel “Great Expectations” which examines very similar themes. Exploring the text helped Louise examine her own personal history and emotional landscape, creating a dialogue between the text, isolated memories and specific events at the time of making.
Louise has repeatedly visited locations from Dickens’ novel and those featured in her own poetry. They draw on memories of real characters and locations around her childhood home in the North West of England.
In her work, Louise creates an emotional landscape as well as a physical one. Elements fragment, reappear and echo to create a mysterious place where the stories and memories overlap, meet and converse; ‘real’ memories and ‘fictional’ narratives that co-exist in parallel landscapes converge.
Her response to location is informed by loss, memories, and a new appreciation of what can be tied up in the memory of a ‘place’ especially one we call home. This dialogue between past and present is reflected in Louise’s methodology, which brings together a breadth of traditional and digital processes.
Produced with the support of Arts Council funding, the exhibition will continue at The Gallery at Bank Quay House until 4 July then tour to The Dickens’ Museum in 2018.
About the artist: Louise Weir is an artist, illustrator and lecturer at Southampton Solent University. She grew up in Hatton a small hamlet close to Warrington. After a Foundation year at Mid Cheshire College she moved to East Yorkshire to study a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration at Hull college of Art, followed by a postgraduate at St Martins College, London. She currently lives in Walthamstow and works in her studio in the East End of London. She has been working within the Illustration industry for over twenty years with a wide range of experience across Design, Advertising, Publishing and Editorial. Working in the U.K and worldwide for clients such as The Royal Mail, The Ministry of Sound, Penguin, The Guardian, Independent, Mail and Times newspapers. Her work has been discussed in anthologies of Illustration including, “The Fundamentals of Illustration” by Lawrence Zeegan, Varoom, AOI World Illustration Awards, and journals published in connection with the Illustrative Best of European Illustration Berlin/Zurich 2007- 11. Louise was a founder member of a successful Illustration collective called Monster and held a position as joint director at The Association of Illustrators. She exhibits regularly within group and solo shows throughout the UK and Europe.