University: Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL)
Graduation Year: 2020
Engaging with Llinos Owen’s work is akin to people-watching in a stylish city; you casually look out for self-expression, pattern and colour, but it’s the witty delights that keep you hooked. Owen chronicles everything from identity and mythology, to contemporary Welsh culture, all with a sense of playfulness and keen observation. Her practice of embroidery and rug hooking adds an unprecedented tactility, subtly attuning the viewer to underlying notions of softness, the domestic sphere, and traditional handiwork. The contemporary subject matter brazenly makes a feminist intervention into decorative craft, a medium that has been historically belittled. This sits in line with the work advanced by fiber artists, whose creations break the boundary between fine art and utilitarian objects.
My work explores the female figure through a series of intricate portraits made through drawing, printmaking and embroidery. Contemporary Welsh culture, themes of identity and biography are interwoven within themes of folklore, mythology, storytelling, and fantasy which explores the relationship between narrative and self. Identity and gender are important themes within my practice as embroidery and rug hooking as a medium plays an important role in acknowledging the history of feminine identities and the historical traditional roles of women in the domestic space. The traditionally feminine techniques and mediums seen within my practice also acknowledges the context of my works and the feminist themes and issues that continuously inspires me. Printmaking, embroidery and rug hooking are also seen as important subjects within in my practice as I like to view my work as a homage to the labour intensive nature of the techniques used as well as being continuously inspired by print masters, iconic fibre artists and by the history of traditional printmaking, embroidery and fibre works. In contrast, I choose to play with contemporary concepts and imagery that are youthful in spirit, with bright colours, materials, and patterns, to acknowledge and celebrate the stories and moments that developed and shaped our identities.
2020, Old Stories, Today's Women, Pontio, Bangor, North Wales
2020, Penultimatum, Copeland Gallery, Peckham, London
2019, Burn The Witch, Safehouse 1, Copeland Park, Peckham, London
2019, 8496 x thatcoolevent, DIY SPACE FOR LONDON, London
2019, Gwyl y Ferch Môn, Oriel Ynys Môn, Anglesey, North Wales
2018, Traces, Central Saint Martins, London