Author: Alison Lapper
Translator: Hye-sook Noh
Publisher: Hwanggum Nachimban
239 pages | 223*152mm
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About This Book
Alison Lapper (born 7 April 1965 in Burton-on-Trent, UK) is a British artist who
was born without arms.
Alison Lapper has a congenital disorder, which caused her to be born without arms and with truncated legs. Her mother met her for the last time during her childhood when she was four months old, although a reconcilliation was attempted later in Lapper's life. She was institutionalised for her childhood, and is still distant from her relatives.
When she was fitted with artificial limbs, she experienced them only as an attempt to make her look less disconcerting instead of actually helping her. So she abandoned them and learned to live without external aids.
At the age of 19, Lapper left the institution and moved to London. She acquired a driving licence and a flat. Lapper studied in the University of Brighton and graduated with a first class honours degree in Fine Art in 1994.
Lapper uses photography, digital imaging and painting to, as she says, question physical normality and beauty, using herself as a subject. She paints with her mouth. One particular influence is the sculpture Venus de Milo, because it does not have arms either. She has taken part in various British exhibitions, including in the Royal Festival Hall. She is a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World (AMFPA). In May 2003, Lapper was created an MBE for her services for art.
After she had given birth to her son Parys in 1999, who was born fully formed, she created an installation of photographs of herself with him. Alison and Parys feature on the yearly documentary Child of Our Time.
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