A Writtle College postgraduate’s fascinating art installation revealing how much information we reveal about ourselves online is being exhibited at the Hayward Gallery.
Liz Sterry’s work, Kay’s Blog, which recreates the bedroom of a Canadian teenager she has never met through the information given on the internet, is featuring in End User, an exhibition in the Project Space at the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank which opens tonight <27 November>.
The exhibition brings together a group of contemporary international artists who take a critical approach to the complexities of the internet. Their artworks examine how the web alters social relations and raises questions about identity, privacy, and the ownership of information.
It is the latest in a string of high-profile exhibitions featuring the work of the Chelmsford-based artist, who is studying for an MA by Dissertation in Art and Design at Writtle College.
The 30-year-old said: “It’s really exciting to be exhibiting at the Hayward Gallery and to have the opportunity to exhibit my work alongside artists I have admired for many years.”
Michael Szpakowski, Art and Design lecturer at Writtle College, added: “The Hayward Gallery is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. To have your work exhibited at such a major gallery is a huge achievement for any artist, but more so for Liz who successfully completed her MA at Writtle in just the last few weeks.
“At Writtle School of Design, we pride ourselves on our studio culture, which enables students to develop creatively and encourages them to engage with the pertinent issues in today’s society in an imaginative way. The course is geared towards giving students the skills to exhibit their work and we encourage them to do so from the start of their course. As a close community of students and staff, we have enjoyed watching Liz’s work develop over her degree and now Masters study with us, and we will be celebrating this high-profile success, which is also a significant accomplishment for our specialist institution.”
Kay’s Blog has already featured in a ground-breaking exhibition of digital art which attracted major media interest. It was part of Furtherfield’s Digital Zoo exhibition which toured UK shopping centres, reaching an audience of up to a million people.
Made in her second year of her BA (Hons) in Contemporary Art and Design at Writtle College – which she graduated from in 2012 – the installation also featured in Wired magazine at the time.
Earlier this year, Liz won the Quay Arts Open Exhibition: DUET with fellow artist Holly Cade, who she collaborated with over social media despite never meeting her. She is currently exhibiting again at Quay Arts, in the Isle of Wight, with Holly. Journey takes the visitor through a range of escapades through the eyes of the two artists, who worked collaboratively through discussions via Facebook. They individually developed works based on the theme to highlight their physical separation.
Liz has also recently featured in an exhibition called Image Conscious at Marburae Art Gallery, Cheshire, which was billed as ‘bringing together 14 of the most innovative photographers from across the country with wild subject matter and techniques’.
• End User is on at the Hayward Gallery until 18 January 2015. For more information, please visit http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/end-user-1000613
• Journey is on at Quay Arts until 6 December 2014. For more information, please visit: http://www.quayarts.org/event/holly-cade-liz-sterry-journey/2014-11-27/