Annabel Dover, artist and lecturer and Laura Lancaster, artist are similarly interested in the forgotten stories held in objects, the people that owned them, and the emotions they convey. Figures. Faces. And objects. History, memory and imagination. Both artists work with a curious and often uncanny painterly touch.
About Annabel Dover
Through a variety of media including: painting, photography, video, cyanotype, and drawing, Annabel Dover engages the viewer in untold tales of wonder. Throughout her practice she constantly finds herself drawn to objects and the invisible stories that surround them. Through their subtle representation she explores their power as intercessionary agents that allow socially acceptable emotional expression. The work presents itself as a complex mixture of scientific observation and tender girlish enthusiasm which often belies their history.
Dover has a thirst for knowledge, knowledge of things and knowledge about people and their lives. Watching, listening and absorbing, her work and life have become a fabulous tangle of information, stories (both real and imagined), images and objects. Her work is part distillation, part peripatetic ramble through her influences which range from archeological illustration, archaic scientific techniques and the enthusiasms of a Victorian lady to the theories of Freud and anthropological research. She has recently completed her PHD at Wimbledon exploring a practice lead response to the cyanotype albums of Anna Atkins. She has shown her work nationally and internationally. Annabel Dover is represented by Transition Gallery, London
About Laura Lancaster
Laura Lancaster’s practice uses painting to re-contextualise found anonymous analogue imagery, unlocking the latent psychological charge of potentially mundane subjects. Through paint handling, shifts in scale and obfuscation these images take on otherworldly uncanny qualities. In this ambiguous liminal space the slippage of the meaning and identity of the subject is explored and manipulated. Lancaster graduated from Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne and lives and Works Newcastle Upon Tyne. Her work is held in public and private in the UK and internationally.