Louise Hopkins practices a strategic iconoclasm. Starting with pre-printed found surfaces, Hopkins remakes visual imagery through over-painting or re-painting, erasing, scratching off or tearing the surface. The form of mark making for each work is a specific response to the source material. Although she is perhaps most well known for repainting maps and furnishing fabrics, her range of sources extends beyond this, incorporating comic books, sheet music, ruled paper, photographs, and commercial advertising: in short, the visual imagery of everyday experience. Hopkins uses objects themselves to draw attention to the act of painting and the relationship between mark making and object-hood.
After gaining her MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 1994, Hopkins was awarded the Jerwood Painting prize in 1997 and was one of six artists selected to represent Scotland in the 2007 Venice Biennale.
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