Photographic Artist Lisa Gunn visited us on Thursday 30th March for her artist talk as a part of the #PicBod module with the first years, which was also attended by students and staff from across the faculty.
The talk was a fascinating exploration into the way in which Lisa continues to use her own physicality to guide the way that she responds to, and makes, art:
Lisa Gunn has devoted her art to the study of physical metamorphosis. Her work is defined by an in depth exploration of her incomplete physicality, and her body’s ability to change, evolve and adapt in the most extreme circumstances.
In 1997, at the age of 21, Gunn suffered a life changing physical and emotional experience. She was involved in a road traffic accident that would leave her with painful, debilitating spinal injuries, and change her physicality forever. She did not realise at the time, being so young and vulnerable, that it was not just her body that would suffer from the incident… her social and cultural identity would never be the same again.
This was an invaluable talk for the #picbod students, who have been tasked with responding to picturing the body, and have been thinking about representation of the self and others. Here they have been taking into consideration the many perspectives and often highly charged debates that continue to surround these concepts.