I received a distinction for my fine art foundation degree, with a specialism in sculpture. However, wishing to have a more academic focus I then studied art history, receiving a first class BA (Hons) degree and a subsequent masters degree from University College London. I have also worked in the creative industries for 20 years supporting the professional development of many talented creative people and spearheading programmes to broaden participation and access to the arts.
For example, through The Big Draw I delivered national programmes and events encouraging creativity and understanding through drawing. And as the Learning Manager at the Royal Society of Sculptors I created opportunities for sculptors to both share and gain knowledge and skills to support their professional practice as well as broadening audiences and educational pathways to the artform.
My own artistic practice is diverse, but it is rooted in the drawing and observation of natural forms and informed by modern and contemporary creative responses. Drawing is the foundation of my practice, but I also work with photography, printmaking and painting techniques.
My cyanotype prints are created using the oldest form of cameraless photography. Photosensitive chemicals on the paper are activated by sunlight leaving a white shadow trace of objects placed on the surface. It is a fun, but fickle medium which is dependent on many uncontrollable factors including the changeability of the British weather.
My ink drawing technique involves tracing the shadow of an object in diluted ink that is barely visible on the paper. I then spot on pure ink, which floods the wet areas of the paper, but which retains intense saturation at the point of contact. As with the cyanotype printing process there are elements of this technique that are beyond my control, which is both creatively challenging and satisfying.
I am a member of Kingston Artists’ Open Studios and I enjoy working and exhibiting collaboratively http://www.kingstonartistsopenstudios.co.uk/
I post my artwork, photographs and daily musings on Instagram @lisa.indigostudio https://www.instagram.com/lisa.indigostudio/