Lou Chapelle (aka Laurence Payot)
A cross disciplinary artist, weaving socially engaged and participatory approaches with digital and new technologies, Lou works in collaboration with people and communities – local or global, established or imagined for the time of a project – to create collective rituals and objects that question and re-invent our sense of belonging.
By becoming part of the work, people are given tools to connect with one another and experience the everyday from a collective perspective. The exchange between the materials and the people that form the artworks is the key ingredient for the creative alchemy to happen. Individual feelings and stories become interwoven into sound, video, or visual pieces, often coming together in multilayered forms.
Lou was born in Metz (France), graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in 2005, and has since been based at The Royal Standard studios in Liverpool (UK), where she was a director in 2007/08, and is currently a trustee.
She has shown her work nationally and internationally with renowned organisations, including the Pompidou Centre-Metz (France), Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, Bluecoat, National Trust (UK) and the Belluard Bollwerk International (Switzerland). Laurence was shortlisted for the Liverpool Art Prize in 2013 and awarded the prestigious SkyArts Ignition: Futures Fund 2012, a one-year bursary and documentary by the TV channel SkyArts.