ARTISTS & INFLUENCES
Lipstick and Chainsaws has been a labour of love for everyone involved. From the project creator, Winding Snake director Amy Morris, to all our practitioners, contributors and participants.
The project was inspired by the work of Kelly Reemtsen (kellyreemtsen.com) and the role of women in art, be it as creators or as subjects.
To engage with the young participants of the project, Winding Snake enlisted the help of a group of internationally renowned artists and professionals to give a diverse and inclusive platform to develop their ideas.
Here you can explore the work and influences of our wonderful artists.
Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English/Swedish journalist and a Harvard University Nieman Fellow 2016. She has a background in photojournalism and has worked for leading editorial publications all over the world on issues relating to women, population and war. Her first book MAIDAN – Portraits from the Black Square, which documents the 2014 Ukrainian uprising in Kiev, was published by GOST books the same year.
Anastasia's work has been exhibited internationally, in spaces such as The Saatchi Gallery, The Frontline Club, and The National Portrait Gallery in London, SIDE gallery in Newcastle, Fovea Exhibitions in New York, Pikto Gallery in Toronto and The New Mexico Museum of Modern Art in Santa Fe.
A wide variety of organizations have recognized and supported her projects through awards such as the POYi, Sony World Photography Awards, Royal Photographic Society Bursaries, Canon Young Photographer Award and the FNAC Grant at Visa Pour L'Image.
Anastasia has degrees in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales Newport (BA) and the London College of Communication (MA). She is engaged with education, regularly teaching at leading universities in Europe and the USA.
Anastasia is a TED fellow and National Geographic Magazine contributor.
Sue Williams is a visual artist, based in Wales. Her work is both raw and accomplished; strong, charged and challenging in its links to contemporary lives and the sexualisation of western society.
Sue made the news in 2009 when she was awarded £20,000 from National Lottery funds (via the Arts Council of Wales) to finance a study of cultural attitudes towards women's bottoms.
She is currently a lecturer in Fine Arts at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea.
An artist of twenty years Tim went to art school at the age of twenty-four having worked a variety of jobs and pursuing a career as a musician. Jobs included working in a cheese factory and teaching drawing in a prison. Tim's work sits between disciplines such as performative video, installation and the two dimensional. His work explores our relationship to architecture, landscape, objects and images. In this film he talks about his progression through art education, and his fantastic experiences within the Fine Art Foundation Course emphasising the importance of experiencing art first hand.
Lauren Orme is a director and animator based in Cardiff, South Wales.
Her films have been screened around the world at 43 festivals and won several awards, including Best Short Film at London Feminist Film Festival 2015, Best Animation and Best Overall Production at Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival 2015, and the Audience Award at Ffresh Festival 2013. In October 2014 Lauren founded Cardiff Animation Nights, a bi-monthly screening event of independent animated films from around the world.
AJ is a visual artist and currently holds a studio at Studio B, Cardiff. Originally from Glasgow AJ moved to Cardiff in 2013 and since then has been artist in residence at elysiumgallery, Swansea and a resident artist in UNIT(e) at g39 in Cardiff. Working across mediums her work explores our relationship with artefacts considering how we define ourselves and archive our existence through objects and materials. How we can communicate across timelines through a shared 'material' culture. Most recently she was awarded a travel bursary by a-n (the Artist's Information Company) to visit the china-clay mines in St Austell, Cornwall.
With training in fine art and ceramics AJ also delivers educational workshops, including a beginners ceramics course at Cardiff Open Art School (Cardiff School of Art & Design's continuing education programme). For Lipsticks and Chainsaws AJ delivered a practical workshop on curating for a group of Young People in reference to the 'Sticky Intimacy' exhibition at Chapter Gallery, looking at how the placement of artworks in a space can effect what conversation the audience has with an exhibition.
Kate Mercer is a photographer based in Newport, South Wales. With a background in Photographic Art, she is interested in cultural uses of photography, specifically human relationships with memory, identity and perception through the physicality of photographs. She graduated from the University of Wales, Newport in 2011, and has since been involved in a number of community orientated projects, workshops across the region, as well as exhibiting work across the UK.
Dom Williams is an artist based in Bristol. His primary interests are in storytelling and audience engagement which could take form in sculpture, painting, picture books, animation or street art. He has studied Multimedia (BA) at UWCN and Fine Art (MA) at UWIC. He is an award winning community artist with over 10 years of art experience and has been involved with exhibitions, art projects and community workshops across Europe and Asia.
Rhys Webber is the owner of Webber Design (a print, web design and photography company) and is also a Lecturer and Photographer based in South Wales. Educated at the University of Westminster, Webber is one of the top 1% Endorsed UK Graphic Designers on linkedIn. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Winding Snake Productions, and has tutored at the London School of Public Relations. Webber art the designer of this website and
Melanie Osborne is an Incorporated (IEng) Lead Signalling Design Engineer with 15 years' experience. Educated at the University of the West of England where she studied Electronic and Electrical Engineering Mel is a STEM Ambassador for the Bristol area meaning she visits schools and children's activity groups to encourage further exploration in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, using her passion and knowledge in Engineering to inspire future generations. Through Winding Snake, she has used engineering techniques to help produce some unusual art work.