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Loz Atkinson: The Edge of Forever

22 January – 27 March 2022
“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”  

Carl Sagan 

 This exhibition brings together key works from Loz’s Imagined Nebula serieswhich began in 2015 as an outlet for Loz’s increasing interest in exploring the relationship that human beings have with the universe.

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Loz Atkinson is a Leicester-based artist who has been working and exhibiting for more than 12 years. She works primarily in paint, installation and digital media. Loz describes her work as ‘concept-driven’, and she is often compelled to return to an idea repeatedly, developing thematicallygrouped bodies of work over the course of several years.  
Inspired by Carl Sagan’s thirteen-part television series ‘Cosmos: A Personal Voyage’ (1980), the ‘Imagined Nebula’ works grapple with the problem of how to accurately represent something so vast that it is almost impossible to measure or understand, especially when we are a fundamental part of it. The paintings that make up this series portray scenes of an imaginary cosmos, complete with starry constellations and jewel-coloured nebulae.
On public display here for the first time is a new work titled ‘The Cosmos Within’, which consists of 12 life-sized, anatomical models of the human brain. Each model has been painted with different coloured nebulae which Loz has chosen to represent the 12 traceable elements which make up the human body. Nebula are huge clouds of gas and dust that give form and life to everything on Earth. These 12 elements are found both in vast and unfathomable cosmic phenomena as well as the tiniest microscopic particles and forces that hold everything together. 

“Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” (Carl Sagan) 

Loz has exhibited extensively in the UK, Europe, America and beyond. Some of the ‘Imagined Nebula’ paintings have been digitally ‘bounced’ off the Moon, while another piece is currently traveling through outer space on the NASA probe, OSIRIS-REx. Another recent major project ‘Expedition JP237’, supported by Arts Council England, and saw Loz climb a mountain in Italy to discover the fatal crash site of her great grandfather’s WW2 Halifax bomber. The results of the expedition and the works that Loz created in response were shown at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery in 2020. 

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