LOUISE HOPKINS: engaging the surface

Ms. Hopkins knows a thing or two about the relationship between the artist and the pre-existing surface. Over the past twenty years she has devoted herself to working within, without, above and below the surfaces of many a medium (fabric, newspaper, maps, etc), indexing each printed mark with her own.

Louise’s art plays on the eradication of the pre-existing design. Her works show that the process of erasure is creative not necessarily reductive. Drawing becomes redrawing.














In her “maps,” Hopkins makes drawing and reading inseparable. As difficult as it is for us all to remember, her works help to remind us that we do not read the same things in the same way.









Louise Hopkins lives and paints in Glasgow. She studied and graduated from the Glasgow School of Art (1994) and Newcastle Polytechnic (1988). In 2007 she exhibited at the 52nd Venice Biennale for Scotland.


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