Lis Mann, Killing Fields
Lis Mann was born in Vienna and is a professional tutor and multimedia artist who lives and works in Northamptonshire. She was trained in Embroidery at Missenden Abbey, gained her Diploma in Stitched Textiles at East Berkshire College, and is a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Lis has a Diploma in Art and Design, and she gained her BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2006. She will be furthering her studies in 2007 at Oxford Brookes University, where she will pursue an MA in Social Sculpture.
Lis exhibits nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include Sulgrave Manor, Broughton Castle, Chenies Manor, Debenhams, The Museum of Modern Art Wales, Hampton Court, and venues in Birmingham, Lichfield, Surrey, Edinburgh, Durham and Oxford, and also Ermont, Paris, France and Hennef, Cologne, Germany. She has also exhibited in the Mall Galleries, Candid Arts Centre, Islington, and St James's, London.
Lis Mann's work is in private collections in the UK and abroad, she contributes to publications and books including International Textile Design, and her textiles have won national prizes. As an experienced tutor, she runs textile, art, design and embroidery classes in her studio and at venues throughout England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Her latest venture was as artist-in-residence in Hennef, near Cologne in Germany.
Lis divides her work into two categories. The work for commercial purposes is inspired by living forms; her cushions, cloths and hangings are hand-dyed, painted, printed, layered, and hand and machine stitched, often using recycled fabrics which she overdyes.
Lis's more experimental work relies on a mixed media approach; she uses gesso, varnishes, acrylic paint, photography, video, print, natural and found objects, and collaged fabrics. More recently, she has incorporated weaving, using wire and recycled clothes to create sculptures as part of her artistc expression.
The source material for the work is autobiographical, with political overtones, and is influenced by her own life experiences. Other inspirations come from artists including Anatoni Tapies, Anselm Kiefer, Frank Auerbach, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Eva Hesse, Rebecca Horn, Mona Hatoum, Hughie O'Donoghue and Richard Deacon