this is not a feminist act (I), 2014. Bra, thread, nails. 28 x 42 cm. © Flo Yapp. Courtesy: the artist

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Often textiles art is seen as an outsider art or as a type of craft. I want to expand the expectations of Fine Art to acknowledge textiles and tactile sculpture as an acceptable form of contemporary art.

My practice explores textiles from tactile sculpture to embroidery. I primarily focus on interaction and participation, and feel that it is crucial for the viewer to touch and experience the artwork. I also create hand embroidery pieces, which are smaller in scale, exploring a craft element. With the smaller scale and the handmade quality referencing smaller batch production rather than mass manufacture. These works are not made to be put on a plinth or in a case, but instead invite the viewer to break down the boundaries between themselves and the artwork. My work is greatly influenced by Lygia Clark, a Brazilian artist whose interactive sculpture was sometimes created to be destroyed by the participant.

I explore the decline of the British textile industry, as well as craft and home-work. Investigating the role of women at a time when a lot of British manufacture has moved abroad, I am confronting the viewer with the value of women’s work, though a Fine art aesthetic.

Flo Yapp

Sculptor and performance artist

Website design and programming: Timothy Holt

Flo Yapp (b. 1993, Birmingham)

lives and works in London

Education:

2014 - 2015:

MA Participatory and Community Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London, London UK

2011 - 2014:

BA Hons Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham UK

Selected exhibitions:

2014:

beyond limit speed, A&D Gallery, London UK

UCA Graduation Show, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham UK

Help! Savages, Oxford House, London UK

48 hours, 44AD Gallery, Bath UK

2013:

EighthWonder, 44AD Gallery, Bath UK

The Perfect System, The Arch Gallery, London UK

2012:

Derivative, Menier Gallery, London UK

Curatorial and assisting projects:

2014:

Fresh Is More, APG Gallery, Sheffield UK

Arnolfini, Bristol UK

UCA Graduation Show, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham UK

2013:

Aesthetica: The Art and Culture Magazine, York UK

44AD Gallery, Bath UK

2012:

Guerilla Galleries, London UK

Liquid Brick, Menier Gallery, London UK

For information, price requests or commissions:

info@floyapp.com

www.uk.linkedin.com/in/floyapp

www.flooyapp.tumblr.com

www.twitter.com/floyapp