denise webber

Denise Webber (b1958 Leicestershire UK) is a British artist whose work spans lens-based media (video, photography), drawing and works on paper. Her work has featured internationally in exhibitions at Tate Modern London, Moderna Museet Stockholm and the Museum of Contemporary Art Melbourne and is represented in the Arts Council England Collection and the Tate Archive.

She spent her early years in Ammochostos (Famagusta) in Cyprus, until the outbreak of war, when she and her family were evacuated under shell bombardment on the last British convoy to leave the city in July 1974.

Her work focuses particularly upon women's experiences of liberation, transition or transformation. She became known in the early 2000s for her video animation Clay (1998) in which she repositions the 19th century still photographs of Eadweard Muybridge. Drawing attention to small revelatory details, particularly of Muybridge's images of women, she frees and restores human dignity to his subjects in a mood of celebration.

Her ongoing series Woman Drawing, commenced in the 1980s, expands the simple idea of representing the naked female in the role of both subject and author, thus reclaiming the body and returning into the woman's hands her creative authorship, action and power.

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Between 2006 and 2014, work and commissions took her on international travels, including Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Stockholm and Reykjavik, which inspired the photographic series Everywhere that is not Home. The series documents a psychological battle between the safety of a room and the unknown dangers of the street, or between the agoraphobic and nomadic versions of the self.

Denise has lectured at the University of East London and at London Metropolitan University, and worked as a freelance editor. She lives and works in London and the south-west coast UK.

Image: Denise Webber c1960, Famagusta

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