Title: Overbearing Passions
Dimensions: width: 25cm, height: 15cm, depth: 15cm
Notes: Barbed wire, decorative birds, wax
Country: UK


Lisa Brown graduated in MA Fine Art from Winchester School of Art at Southampton University (2010-2011) and BA fine art sculpture at Chelsea College of Art, London (1990 -1994). She studied Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmith University (2006 -2007), which introduced her to wider philosophies such as John Dewy whose work has been a guiding influence. In 2013 she became a member of the South London Women Artists (SWLA). She works in London. Her recent artwork concentrates on creating conceptual pieces from found and handmade objects, creating large scale drawings, etchings, writing poetry and film making, with an emphasis on experiential art. Her background centred on casting from the human form. She has exhibited her work across the UK. Most recently she was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize, London (2012). Her work has its basis in her understanding of the human condition as a woman, a mother and a wife.

Lisa Brown’s practice centres on depictions of our fragile human condition and of our belonging in the world. She draws and makes from observed or experienced situations. She then creates ‘emotionalized’ objects. These objects are imbued with dominance and vulnerability, often with a sense of dark comedy. Her piece ‘Overpowering Passions’ bears witness to the squawking lovebirds high on their barbed wire perch. They are stuck and clipped together; the dominator overbearing the weaker bird with furious passion, their grotesque beak mutation, enhancing the cocked absurdity of the situation.

‘Up high, bound together, they squabble. Out of reach. Out of sight. Out of mind.’

Our human emotions are both our captor and our liberator. Love and hate are bedfellows.
Love in marriage, love of the family, love of an ideology – how quickly they can turn to hate.
With a twisted sense of self protection, the conflict often begins.

‘Love is consuming, is conflict, is pain, is joy, is anger. ‘

Our instinct for survival is inherent in everything we do. These emotions are with us from cradle to grave. This is what these objects encapsulate.

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