Lorna Pridmore


Location: London

Studio practice: https://www.instagram.com/lornapridmore/
Website: http://www.lornapridmore.com/

Lorna Pridmore's work involves transformation of found objects and materials into thought provoking, sometimes beautiful, sometimes disturbing, new forms. Her practice centres on an exploratory relationship between artist and the thing, with creativity deriving from investigative, labour intensive, often repetitive processes of construction and deconstruction. Lorna explores points of resistance between artist and material - the point at which shape shifting occurs and the everyday becomes the extraordinary.

Using a mass of one material and subjecting it to a pseudo-laboratory investigation, Lorna looks to reveal intrinsic sculptural and conceptual potential by means of an empirical making process. She is interested in using simple physical actions to develop a haptic relationship with the object that in turn evolves into a 'thing in itself'. It is important that the relationship is balanced, whereby neither maker nor material submits totally to the will of the other. Rather, there is an aim to reach a symbiotic relationship from which an in depth understanding of materiality, action and the implication of added signification can be explored.

The sculptures are made from household or industrial materials such as cling film, hair grips, elastic bands, nails or hacksaw blades. Experimentation and labour is vital to Lorna's practice, whereby the artist reaches a comprehensive understanding of the object through exhaustive use of methodical physical actions. Through wrapping, clipping, binding, pulling-on, pinning or the like; actions everyone uses on a daily basis - an object that is idly conceived is transfigured into another entirely and makes us question our intuitive logic and perceptions. A purist approach is upheld by avoiding the use of additions or fixings in the making process; allowing the accumulation of an object to be elevated entirely by its own physical merits and not by artificial means.

Thinking about the commonplace stuff that we tend to disregard and respond to without thought or significance; Lorna is interested in raising a question about that which is seen to be without worth or merit. By creating an intangible connection with the ordinary that becomes visionary and turning the commonplace or ignored into something unexpected, she looks to highlight the mundane and nondescript as a means to rethink the general orchestration of the world around us. We are urged to consider the physical alongside the philosophical in a wider context of perceived thought.


Selected Exhibitions

Lubomirov Angus Hughes Gallery
Open Call. Curators Anna Bleeker, Alessandra Falbo

Summer Salon
Angus-Hughes Gallery
Open Call. Curators: Lubomirov, Angus-Hughes Gallery

Building Volumes
Bath Arts Fringe
Open Call. Curator: Laura Jones

Once Upon a Wintertime
Hackney Downs Studios
Curators: Ellie Harman, Yinjie Sun

Tower Hamlets Spring Open
Mile End Art Pavilion
Curators: SHIFT., Angus-Hughes Gallery, Charlie Dutton Gallery, alisn,

Departure Gallery
Curator: Louise Ashcroft

E17 Art Trail
33 Pendlestone Road, Walthamstow
Curators: Ruth Lukom, Lorna Pridmore

TRA'LA presents: Dead Time + Negative Space
Goodenough College
Curators: Eleanor Shipman, Rebecca Williams

The Life of Signs
Studio 1.1
Curators: Keran James, Michael Keenan

491 Gallery
Curators: Group curation

Gallery Administrator, Hive/T1+2 Gallery, LaRuche Studios, Tower Hamlets
Gallery Assistant, again again again (solo show Victoria Burgher), Westbourne Grove ArtSpace
Gallery Assistant, Phicoi Bia I (installation by Andy Lawson), St Paul's Art Space, Tower Hamlets
Art & Crafts Tutor, Womens Sewing Project, EMSE / Working Well Trust, Tower Hamlets