denise webber

Denise Webber (b1958 UK) is a visual artist working in a variety of media. She spent her early years in Ammochostos in Cyprus, until the outbreak of war, when she and her family were evacuated under shell bombardment on the last British convoy to leave the city in June 1974.

At Reading University she was exposed to competing disciplines: the purity of abstract painting and the liberation of time-based and performance work in the studio known as "L16". In 1998 the American feminist artist Mary Beth Edelson stayed for a week at her studio and home in London, a meeting which proved influential not least on the "meshing of life and art and the merits of speaking one's desires".

Her work discloses an interest in small revelatory details. She refers to "returning to the moment when an emotion enters a subject or event". Her approach often commences with documentary or real-world material such as photography, and she repeatedly returns to the same subject or place over several years or subtly repositions the images. This is exemplified by her video animation, Clay (1998), which uses the 19th century still photographs of Eadweard Muybridge, restoring humanity to his subjects in a mood of celebration and liberation. 

Her work has been exhibited at Tate Modern London, Moderna Museet Stockholm and the Museum of Contemporary Art Melbourne and is in the Arts Council England Collection.

Denise has lectured at the University of East London and at London Metropolitan University, and worked as a freelance editor. She lives and works in London and the south-west coast UK.

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