The work of Louise Garland engages with philosophical beliefs in the continuum of life. It examines the nature of our existence, linking the personal with the metaphysical (especially from a female standpoint). Her work frequently references the collective notions of archaic symbolism and almost always incorporates found materials and objects into each piece. There is often an alliance in Garland's sculptures and sculptural montages between the familiar and the unfamiliar as deconstructed materials reinvent themselves, whilst forming a seductive quality to the surfaces. Her works are rigorously composed through the use of measurement, employing geometry and mathematical calculations often sourced from nature. Garland presents us with thought provoking, emotional and sometimes witty configurations of both our immediate existence, our self-constructed histories and our greater consciousness.
Half Venetian, Garland's parents met in World War Two and afterwards operated a small village shop in Leicestershire until their untimely deaths. Although the Italian connection sometimes surfaces in Garland's work she has lived in the East Midlands her whole life, studying, teaching and practising in Nottingham for thirty years where her work is regularly commissioned and enjoys a modest hand of collectors.
Garland was a member of the 1980s group Visible Women and is a member of the Bradford Gurdjieff Society.
CV & Education
Education : B.A (hons) Creative Arts. Nottingham Trent university
M. A fine Art Nottingham Trent University
PGCE Design Terchnology. Nottingham Trent University
Former Occupation - Fine Art lecturer and course leader for Nottingham College.
Current Occupation: Self employed fine artist.
Practising artist: 'Edge 2' studios Long Eaton.
Edited exhibitions C.V until 2021
'Artists Showcase' - solo exhibition. Nottingham Castle and museum.
Midland group gallery - touring East and West midlands.
'Visible women' - Blackfriars gallery. Lincoln.
'Wish you were Here' - Nottingham Castle and Yorks Arts centre.
'New Art' - Rochdale Art Gallery. Lancs.
Leicestershire collection for schools and colleges - Beaumanor Hall Leicestershire.
'Groundworks' - sculpture in Nottingham castle grounds.
'Under water' - Plymouth Arts Centre.
'3D Art' - Mansfield Museum and Art gallery. Notts.
'Seeking New Symbols' - Scott Gallery. Lancsaster University - with presentation.
'Thirteen' - MA exhibition. Nottingham Trent. Midland Group Gallery.
'Myth, Moon and Muslim' . Beeston Nottingham.
Artist in residence at Trinity School, Aspley, Nottingham. 3 weeks to produce sculpture for exterior frontage wall of the school.
'Three visible women' - Piece hall gallery. Halifax. Yorks.
Visible women' - Brixton Gallery. London.
'Sculpture in Scarborough'. Scarbourough Castle. Yorks.
'Sculptural Possiblities' - Cupola Gallery. Sheffield
'Art at the Arc' - Geldards commercial law firm Nottingham
'Above the surface' - conference rooms. Nottingham
Open exhibitions: The yard Gallery Nottingham (wollaton Hall)
The Leicester Open ( x2)
The Derby Open (x 3)
The Surface Gallery Open - Nottingham
Midland Open - Tarpey Gallery. Leics. (x 2)
Organon laboratories. Cambridge.
'Constructing the Constellations' - Harrington Mills studios
'Art at the Arc' - Geldards Law company. Nottingham.
'Natrratives in time and place' - Harrington Mills studios.
'The Wheel Turns' - Leicester University, the Attenborough Centre
'Cover Uncover' - Friar Lane Gallery, Nottingham.
' Journeys' - Bassett Law Museum. Retford.
'Let us eat cake' - Pineapple Black studios. Middlesborough.
'Reborn' - ' The Hive' gallery. Shrewsbury. Shropshire.
'Unity' - Fronteer Gallery. Sheffield.
'In the Open' - Rydale Folk Museum. East Yorkshire.
'Scion' - Cupola Gallery. Sheffield
'A Modern Bestiary' - Water Street Gallery. Todmorden. West Yorkshire.
'Open 32' - Leicester Museum and Gallery. New Walk, Leicester.
Platforms at Art Athena. Athens. Greece ( x 2)
Supermarket Art Fair. Stockholm.
Keum Gallery. South Korea.
'Recontre Aux Greniers'. Honfleur. France.
'House' - Platforms, Athens, Greece.
Many private commissions have been undertaken, and also for companies within the East Midlands.