Lou Trigg is a mixed media artist whose work is primarily sewn, embroidered and installation based. She has also written a book of intimate poetry.
Her primary focus is on the invisibility of women in their 50’s. Cosmetic surgery has become the norm and is seen in a similar light to changing hair colour or buying a new dress. Looking good equates to looking young. Women over 50 are not allowed to look their age - as if ageing itself is a disease and, unless their faces have been stretched to appear expressionless, women ‘of a certain age’ simply become invisible.
Her MA exhibition at Brighton University in 2008 depicted over 30 stitched scenes from her childhood together with a 4 minute animation of the work: www.blip.tv/file/1260753
In May 2009 at the Brighton Open House exhibition, she exhibited some embroidered “stitchures” from her series entitled “Tragic Women” together with a dressing table installation depicting a vast array of original cosmetics from the 1950’s and 60’s showing the efforts made by an older woman to “keep young and beautiful”
Her recent stitched ‘Dating Profiles’ are an amusing, if not somewhat worrying, look at how men present themselves on internet dating sites.
Lou has been invited to exhibit at the Brighton Art Fair in October 2009 and her entire works will then be available as a complete collection for exhibiting further afield.
Lou is about to start her second MA in Gender and Media which will further inform her sewn work.
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