Visual artist Liz Atkin's artwork 'Cicada Pupil - Female, Japan 2011' has been chosen as a judge's personal favourite as runner up in the British Women Artist's 2012 competition out of more than 200 entries.
Liz, a programme manager in Trinity Laban's Learning and Participation (Dance) team, won the competition in 2010. The selected image was made during Liz's month long participation as a Fellowship Resident Artist at Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan in 2011.
Judge Montse Gallego explained why she chose the work as her favourite: "The use of the body as a medium has been widely used among women artists, a fact that also speaks of the braveness inherited by the gender. Ink, insects and calligraphy, attractive, brave and personal, are elements that, in Liz's case, seem to carve on their journey her own skin, producing a body of work which is more risky for its impermanence, like a "happening" experienced and photographed for the records.
"Delicate, spiritual, boundary breaking; but the challenge that is in front of Liz is again her own body, her own exposure, the use of it as part of her signature."
Liz completed a Masters in European Dance Theatre Practice with Distinction from Trinity Laban in 2007. Skin is her primary source for corporeal art, both as metaphorical membrane and physical boundary. She has exhibited in London, Los Angeles and Japan. London exhibitions include APT Gallery, Camden People's Theatre, Siobhan Davies Studios, Blackheath Halls, and in curated group shows for Parallax AF Pall Mall, Showcase Cities, and Rich Mix.
Liz's artwork will be exhibited in a solo show at Bethlem Gallery in Bethlem Royal Hospital from 20 February - 15 March 2013.