Delaine Le Bas
Delaine Le Bas (b. 1965) is an artist who works within the field of media including installations, drawing, performance, film, photography and sculpture. She studied at St Martins School of Art London for her Masters Degree, and is influenced by her English Romani Gypsy background. She was a participating artist in the Framer Framed group exhibition Embodied Spaces on show 18 June to 26 July 2015, curated by Christine Eyene.
Her work deals with issues of exclusion, identity, stereotypes, untold histories, misrepresentation, gender and being the ‘other’. As a Romani Gypsy she approaches the notion of the body as a stolen artefact and contested space. Clothing and textiles, especially in their cultural, symbolic and identifying qualities, are strands she addresses notably in terms of the stereotypical and political ideas they convey. Costumes in particular play a major role within her performative practice, while fabrics are significantly present within her large detailed installations.
A key part of Delaine’s practice is her site-specific approach: visiting, digesting, filling and occasionally inhabiting the spaces where her work will be shown, she uses locally salvaged materials where possible. This leads to varied cross-media outcomes and frequently to situation performances outside the gallery environment. The essence of a place where a work has been created is of primary importance. Its history, contested spaces, and local materials are reflected in a “bricolage” practice across various surfaces, media, times and places.
She lives and works in various locations within the UK and across Europe