Louisa Preston

Louisa Preston's work

Louisa Preston's work takes the form of small-scale architectural models, photographs and drawings, which are often combined to form a larger scale installation.

The architectural models Louisa creates explore the spaces of actual architectures both in the present and in history, in particular the modernist period. In addition Louisa uses visual imagery resulting from reading the literary narratives by authors such as Italo Calvino, Georges Perec, Paul Scheerbart, Philip K Dick, H.G. Wells and Voltaire, which inspire further her models and drawings. Micromegas by Voltaire is the text most indicative of her interest in scale, points of view, perception and perspective of space.

Louisa finds the fact architecture must be imagined in the form of a model before it can exist as a fully fledged building one of the driving forces behind her own constructions. She creates the models to both visualize how her fictional constructions would be in reality, and to explore other possibilities of existing buildings. The models often remain a small-scale entity to remain on the boundary between an actual imagined space, and a potential real space.

Photographs of these models, and arrangements of them, have concentrated on employing the mechanics of the camera and its ability to confuse scale. Using the lens to take close up details, often the two-dimensional representation can become so distanced from the original source object that it becomes an abstract image or an idea of a wall, a roof or a building in its own right.

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Louisa Preston
Louisa Preston
Louisa Preston
Biography: 

Louisa was born in Stockport in 1980 and grew up in Dunkeld, Perthshire before moving to Glasgow for two years to study Product Design Engineering, a joint course between Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art. Changing courses in 2000, Louisa went, to Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee where her career in Fine Art began, completing her BA(Hons) degree in 2004. During a three year gap in study, in addition to being a Generator Projects Committee member, Louisa traveled widely from Florence on the Royal Scottish Academy’s John Kinross Scholarship, (2004), to Tokyo on a month long research trip, part funded by the Arts Trust of Scotland, (2006). Louisa also took part in Absent Without Leave (AWOL) Young Artists’ Biennial, 2nd Edition, Bucharest, in 2006, and was a Scottish Sculpture Workshop resident, at Lumsden, Aberdeenshire in June this summer. In September Louisa completed her Master of Fine Art degree in Dundee, where she is currently based. Her residency with Stills is partly supported by the Dundee Visual Artist Award Scheme.