Artist Lois Harkin is based in Lincoln, UK. She has studied Art and Design and Fine Art at The Northern School of Art and in 2020 studied her BA(Hons) Fine Art at the University of Lincoln.
Ambiguity is a thematic focus within her art practice where Harkin challenges the limits of the construct. Her composition is weightless and her subject highly interpretive substantiating the theory behind her work. Lois enjoys working with the dynamic between spatial realms and existential memories. Considering herself a multimedia artist, Harkin works with installation, sculpture, audio, text and video to playfully engage in both the application and meaning of her creative enterprise.
The artist states, “I want the audience that view my work and have their own opinion and views about it, rather me telling them what to think or feel. I want my practice to be ambiguous and challenge people’s ideas of what they think about it. I have concepts and understandings partnered with my work, but I invite interpretation and creativity when viewing it.”
Among her achievements, Harkin is an avid student, studying fine art formally since 2015. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in both the U.K and Australia.
Better Rearranged is a series of paintings exploring characteristics of the ‘ordinary’ home; unpretentious, warm and domesticated in manner of appearance; plain or ugly.
Showing the living room is the intention within the paintings, primarily focused on armchairs and sofas with additional line drawings of the additional elements typically inclusive in a domestic living room.
As well as demonstrating domestic living, colour is another area of focus within this body of work. Cutting down and editing colours to a minimalist palette illuminates understanding of how and where to apply colour to the benefit of the composition.
2017 – Current BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Lincoln
2016 – 2017 Fine Art, Cleveland Collage of Art and Design
2015 Art and Design, Cleveland College of Art and Design
EXHIBITIONS & COMMISSION
2019 ‘Better Rearranged’ feature, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Mermaid Beach, QLD
2018 Exploration of the Adolescent, Project Space Plus, Lincoln, Lincolnshire ENGLAND
2018 Continuous Lines, Studio 109 Gallery, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire ENGLAND
2017 Wave Collection, Hygge Room, Saltburn, North Yorkshire ENGLAND
2017 Something to Consider, Project Space Plus, Lincoln, Lincolnshire ENGLAND
2017 A Belated Reply, Project Space Plus, Lincoln, Lincolnshire ENGLAND