Communication Art & Design
'I often wonder why I write. It's not simply to create beautiful objects
or entertaining stories. It's an activity I seem to need in order to
stay alive. I feel terrible when I'm not doing it. It's not that writing
brings me a lot of pleasure - but not doing it is worse.'
Paul Auster, The Red
The majority of Lizzie Ridout’s work stems from a desire to discover: a fact, a story, an object, an image, a ritual, a process, a history. These discoveries inform projects that borrow working methods from graphic design, illustration and fine art. She believes that the form of any outcome should be dictated by the theme or idea at the heart of its content. Her work explores how these cultural, historical, visual and textual messages can be effectively re-communicated through new pieces of work.
Re-current subjects in Lizzie’s work relate to:
Absences, voids, black versus white, nothingness;
The unseen, the silent, the forgotten, the lost, and the traces that remain of all of these things;
Museums, collections and archives, memory - both personal and collective;
Objects, the everyday;
And words, glorious words - as representational, abstract, formal and plastic.
completed a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Bath
College before going on to study for a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design
at Falmouth College of Art in Cornwall in 1997, for which she received
a First Class Honours. In 2002 she graduated from the Royal College
of Art, London with a Masters in Communication Art & Design. In
February 2007 Lizzie completed the Pearson Creative Research Fellowship
at the British Library in London.
She is currently based
in Cornwall where she continues her own work
and is a graphics and illustration lecturer at the Plymouth University
and Falmouth University. She works independently and to commission.