Lizzie Ridout MA(RCA) is an artist based in the UK. Her work explores the plasticity, the function and the idiosyncrasies of language. Previously Lizzie has focussed on the physical manifestation of spoken words via an examination of the speech balloon, in a body of works entitled The Architecture of Conversation. This interest in physicality has recently lead to textual and studio-based works in which materials interrogate themselves and their legacy.
Lizzie borrows working methods and theoretical practices from design, fine art and literary spheres. Much of her studio-based practice begins with a single icon or reference that is commonplace or overlooked, which is then cross-examined and re-presented, from multiple self-referencing perspectives.
Lizzie studied Graphic Design at Falmouth College of Arts and completed a Masters in Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. She has undertaken various residencies including that of Book Artist in Residence at Women’s Studio Workshop, NY, US; Pearson Creative Research Fellow at The British Library, UK and Artist in Residence at Fiskars, Finland. She's delivered papers about her practice at a number of conferences nationally and internationally including The First International Conference in Semiotics & Visual Communication, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus; Seeking Inspiration at The St Bride Type Library Conference, London, UK and Text + Image = Messagen at the University of Plymouth.
Lizzie divides her time between being a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design and Illustration: Authorial Practice at Falmouth University, UK and continuing her own studio practice. She forms one third of Various Writings, with Maria Christoforidou and Dion Star, an arts-based research platform and programme of exhibition/publishing projects investigating acts of writing.