Dawn Lippiatt

Dawn Lippiatt , Bed 14 , 28 metal beds, 1 plaster fox
Beds: H 15-180cm x L37 cm x W23 cm
Fox: 21H x 60 x 47 cm
metal and plaster sculpture

Gulliver, MDF mug, rope, stitched cowhide
approx size 2m x 2m x 2m

Dawn Lippiatt
Artist Statement

Brought up in a thoroughly urban environment, Dawn Lippiatt - now a farmer's wife - uses sculpture, video and installations to interpret country life from a totally new perspective. She struggles to come to terms with many contradictions: the role of a modern woman in very conservative surroundings, the rural versus the urban and the ever-changing political views of the farming world.

Deeply fascinated with the fragility of health, life and physical circumstances, she likes to draw on a variety of materials in order to make potent visual connections. In particular animals and animal matter play a pivotal role in the production of her work. She uses them as a metaphor for control; the need to be in control and the fear of being controlled.

Like a stage set, her work often adopts theatrical/fairy story roles, where elements play a part in some mad charade, in roles that they may not have chosen but have been somehow thrust upon them. In works like Bed 14, small metal beds and plaster animals and Gulliver an over-sized mug, cow skin rug and rope, all use size manipulation to determine the viewer's "role" in the installations. Though materially and topically very different, they all play with reality versus the unreal and ultimately for her, symbolize the life we pretend that we live in as opposed to the one that we really do.

Dawn Lippiatt

Education2009 BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture (1st) Bath Spa University
2006 Foundation Art and Design Bath City College

14 May-11 June After the End Elysium Mansel St Swansea
28 May-20 June Wilderness American Museum Bath
14-24 June Consuming Nature The Octagon, Milsom Place, Bath

Dispensary Otago Gallery Larkhall Bath
21 Artists and Designers Candid Arts Trust Galleries Angel, Islington, London
Christmas Tree Sculpture Victoria Gallery, Bath
Urban Wildlife Queens Wood London
Free Range Truman Brewery 52 Brick Lane, London E1
Wilderness 09 American Museum, Bath
Domestic Fantastic (Bath Fringe Festival) 7a Lower Borough Walls
Open Studios & Exhibition Bath
Influence Widcombe Studios, St James Park Bath
Spring Art Exhibition Royal United Hospital Bath
Because We Never Have Before Print Room Gallery, Bath School of Art and Design
Wilderness American Museum Bath
Matter of Life and Death Holburne Museum Bath
Wilderness The American Museum Bath
Play On Words Bath Spa University Newton Park Bath
2006 Butterfly Effect, Bath City College,Bath
2007 Sam MacRae for Play On words Exhibition