Louise Pallister (b.1966 UK) received a First Class BA Fine Art/American Studies from Liverpool University/LIHE (1987) and an MSc Historic Conservation from Oxford Brookes University (1991). Seeking new challenges for her work led to an MA Fine Art at City and Guilds of London Art School, rethinking the meaning of her practice. She graduated with Distinction in 2014 and was awarded the Slaughterhaus Print Prize. Her work has been included in the Collyer Bristow graduate exhibition 'Exceptional' and the Ferens Open. Her essays considering the influence of nature on her practice appear in the online journal The Learned Pig.
A love of the drawn mark and a compassion for animal others come together in Louise Pallister’s work. Inspired by the more-than-human world she uses drawing, printmaking, and animation to examine the ways in which we are both intimate with, and ignorant of, sentient others.
Observations of fellow animals in zoos, sanctuaries and the wild, underpin her work. In sympathy with a fragile natural world, hers is a practice of erasure, revision, and omission in mark making. It is an undertaking with no expected outcome, more a series of open-ended questions by which to test the boundaries of her practice. She writes about her art and its influences to reflect on and navigate her experiences. This evolutionary approach can be viewed as extended field notes; a personal record of explorations in both nature and art.
Her work has been shown at the Collyer Bristow Gallery, Woolwich Print Fair, Ferens Open and the Mall Galleries amongst others. Her essays appear in online magazine, The Learned Pig.