Wanting to tap into root impulses of humanity, British artist Lara Locke seeks to unleash her creative power in an effort to release from the strictures of contemporary life.
Pulling together some of the most universal themes of human life – birth, life, death, and the perils of individual existence – Locke conjures forms that reflect elements of the human body but also stray from it. She uses borrowed materials to encourage recollection on the strength and fragility of human life in a larger contemplation of her own biography.
Born in Great Britain in 1982, Locke earned her MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2012 and subsequently completed her practice-based PhD at the same institution in 2018. She was awarded the Selector’s Prize from the Creekside Open (2013) and also a University of the Arts London Research Studentship from 2014-17. At the same time, Locke has maintained an incredibly active exhibition schedule. Recent showcases of her work include “The Feral” at the Cookhouse Gallery (2017); “I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin” at MOCA Taipei, Taiwan (2018); and “Another Land” at the Kingston Museum (2019).