About

Photo Francesca Woodman

I am an artist and writer who explores the feelings towards the heimlich and the unheimlich when living abroad, das andere in the anxieties of the stranger. I have been investigating ideas around absence and the worlds, fantasies and unconscious mythologies we produce there. I have worked with the absent body, the absent woman and the invisible woman artist.

I published my experimental graphic novel Lulu la sensationnelle by Presque Lune Editions, in France, and published it in English a few years later. I co-wrote and co-edited the full-length essay film As Sure As The Rain, by artist Nick Stewart. The film was awarded a silver laurel by the International Independent Film Awards, in Los Angeles. I have worked commissioned by The Guardian newspaper and have written for publications such as Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Now Then Magazine, Berfrois, and have published my short stories in Mexican anthologies.

I actively explore the innovation for art education as an associate lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at Sheffield Hallam University. I implemented with artist Hester Reeve, and have taught since 2009, a radical module called Dialogue, where we explore an alternative way of collective thinking with art students. The pilot was funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

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Photo Andy Brown
Talks

26 November 2020 – Centre for Poetry and Poetics, Sheffield University. Reading from the story ‘The Island’, included in their creative writing journal Route 57, issue 16.

12-22 November 2020 – Podcast at the Being Human Festival about the work A Visual Theory of the Soul.

29th September 2020. Artist talk at Castlefield Gallery, about collaborating as an artist with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Knowledge Exchange, Sheffield University.

16th July 2020. Artis talk about A Visual Theory of the Soul. Post-Traumatic Landscapes Symposium, The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield.

26th June 2019. Artist talk at Manchester University, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

27th February 2018. Artist talk at Sheffield Hallam University, Department of Art and Design.

21st October 2016. Artist talk at Winchester School of Art.

19th January 2015. Artist talk at Foyles, London about the graphic narrative Lulu the Sensational and the Family Secret. 

23 July 2013. Artist talk for the  Seminar Languages, Identity and Work. The University of Sheffield, Education Department.

25 April 2013. Artist talk as a guest speaker at the European Commission project Tynet 50+ Bastad, Sweden.

10 April 2013. Artist talk at University College Cork. Network of Multilinguism. Cork, Ireland. Invited by the Embassy of Mexico in Dublin, Ireland. 

9 April 2013. Artist talk as a guest speaker at Instituto Cervantes Dublin. Invited by the Embassy of Mexico in Dublin, Ireland.

1 November 2012  Sheffield University, The Institute for Lifelong Learning, Hispanic Studies. Talk: The Life of the Day of the Dead, followed by the reading of one of my short stories and group analysis.