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MIXTAPE No.7

Cultivate Gallery

Thank you again to Cultivate’s Sean Worral and Emma Harvey for putting so much effort and passion in to curating a wonderfully selected online exhibition. And thank you to all of the other amazing artists that i am lucky enough to share the Mixtape 7 online gallery exhibition with. It is always a privilege to know someone, anyone, likes my art. It is even more of a privilege to have the opportunity to see other artists and their work, and Mixtapes give us all this chance.

When i get a chance, i would like to add in some direct appreciation for those artists who i have discovered through Mixtapes and share their wonderful work, just to show some love. But for now, you will need to follow the group show and see what you like!

updated art bio

About my art career: I am a multidisciplinary artist, working across live art, installation, photography, sculptural/collage, and sound/video. I have always made work that represents life experiences, no matter how personal and painful. The work often takes the form of a visceral delving in to the domestic, medical and social realms. 

I spent my art education split between working for Arts organisations, and attempting to retain interest in the ‘proper’ route of University. I have a BA Hons in Fine Art, and a MSc in Psychology, as well as a whole lot of other knowledge around the body as a vessel and how we inhabit it.

I am particularly interested in the intersectionality of women/mothers, autism and mental health as well as socio-economic differences. As a late diagnosed Autistic woman, I am very conscious how labels can change how we present to others and how we feel about ourselves. I also explore the perceptions and repercussions that the wrong labels can have on us, and what this means. I make art about that, and the day-to-day scenarios we face as an entirely autistic family, trudging through the quagmire of malevolent and oppressive systems created by local and national governments created to keep us in our ‘place’. 

I have been an Artist for the whole of my adult life and I have been creating artworks and projects sporadically over the course of those 20+ years, factoring in the many barriers i faced as a result of my miss & missed-diagnoses. Before taking a ‘parenting hiatus’ from the art world to focus on the many faults with Health, Social Care and Education, I was  fortunate enough to receive Arts Council England grants several times, and work with some of the most influential artists in the scene. 

I was programmed at shows Fierce Festivals 2003 – 2008, The Barbican ‘Surreal House’, Act Art, and Visions of Excess. I worked on projects with the amazing Ron Athey and Lydia Lunch. I assisted and performed for Nicole Blackman, and L. Gabrielle Penabaz and met many other performance greats along the way. I shared billing with trailblazers like Kembra Pfahler, Marissa Carnesky and Kira O’Reily, and produced shows, such as ‘Deathtripping’ at Vivid Projects with work from Nick Zedd, Lydia Lunch and Richard Kern. I also had many performances and exhibitions solely in my own name, such as, ‘EostroxenEostrogen’, ‘Petticoat Nightmares’ and ‘Accused’ during which time I  never stopped fighting the internal battle, and one way or another, it still pours out of me through creativity.  

I am really proud of the work I achieved then and how it has led me to be the most transparent and eclectic version of my creative self that i can be. Something has shifted in me in recent months, and things artistically are falling back in to place.

I am looking to get a permanent space to work and show other’s works too, I’d like to work collaboratively with with like-minded people and bring together our talents as well as reforge my own path in the direction I am supposed to be on. 

I am based in Worcestershire, England. I would be pleased to hear of opportunities both locally and internationally and be contacted by potential collaborators, organisations and patrons t about supporting and creating together.

Accused 2023 (Keep Fighting)

NEW REPORT IN TO FII BY CEREBRA AND LEEDS UNIVERSITY

Fabricated & Induced Illness is the latest patriarchal institutional tactic, in a long line of historic and contemporary witch hunts against women, others & now, Mothers.

Parental Blame is the Stick they beat us with,

FII is the rope they hang us with.

Bernadette Louise 2023.

This is the last work i made about this topic, and the last time i made work (about 6 years ago) as a result of the impact bernadettelouise.com/artist/accused/

Autism Resources

Here are several links and resources that i have worked on:

The LeDer programme that now includes adults with an autism diagnosis

Sensory Friendly Environments in GP surgeries

Through the Autistic Lens: 

Making a Difference: 

The Sensory System: 

Improving the Lives of Autistic People: 

hair

By the way, i get my hair done here at the Courtyard Hair salon in Blackminster Evesham. That’s where the awesome photo came from (i stole it from facebook, and i hope that Emma, Kirsty and Rob don’t mind!).

We need to update it, it’s a lot yellower now which i LOVE!!

101 contemporary artists 2024

Bernadette Louise

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To purchase the collection this is the link

https://www.collectartwork.org/post/101-contemporary-artists-and-more-vol5

Ruby Red

Exhibition and Magazine

https://www.collectartwork.org/post/rubyred

I am very pleased to be involved with this project and was interviewed for this magazine. An eclectic collection of art works, all with the theme Ruby Red. Of course, i take the brief quite literally and i have the ruby-bloodiness of my own emotion expressed on vintage wallpaper. There is a link to the magazine interview below and a link to the virtual exhibition too. It is possible to purchase the magazine here and prints can be bought from me directly.

Virtual gallery exhbition link

https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/12715643/ruby-red

MIXTAPE 6 Exhibition

Cultivate Gallery – online

Hosted online via Organ Art here

I am really pleased to be invited to join another group show, this one, from my pals at the Cultivate Gallery (and Organ). Sean Worral and Emma Harvey curate the most amazingly varied yet always top notch artists in one place. It is a pleasure to be back in the fold and part of such an awesome group of people, (even if it is virtually).

I previously exhibited a few times at their Vyner Street Gallery space in London, the last time was in about 2014. It was tricky getting there and back during nursery hours, but managed just about. Then child number 2 came along which changed everything further. Below are a couple of images of my work in the gallery, if you can spot them!