alabamathirteen is an artist based between Leeds and Wakefield, working predominantly with photographic processes, embroidery, video, film and sound, informed by process based research and experimentation. They are particularly drawn to working with unfixable and impermanent photographic processes that mirror the transient nature of our own existence, the almost imperceptible traces of ourselves we leave behind, and the legacy of our actions on this planet for future generations.
Committed to developing a more environmentally sustainable practice, they work with plant based developers and processes such as anthotypes (using photosensitive material from plants) and chlorophyll printing (developing images on leaves through photosynthesis), as well as camera-less processes that harness the power of the sun to create images such as lumen printing, cyanotypes, pinhole and camera obscura to create contemporary art.
Central to their practice is an exploration of how we exist in our bodies, spaces and places, questioning who gets to take up the most space and whose voices get to be heard the loudest, drawing particularly on their complex relationship with the outside world as a disabled, neurodivergent, working class woman.
alabamathirteen had a solo exhibition at The Art House in Wakefield in 2022, following a residency there in 2021. They were awarded a PANIC! Bursary from The Tetley in 2021, and selected for the Yorkshire Sculpture International Sculpture Network in 2022.
They are on the board of trustees at The Tetley, a contemporary art gallery in their hometown of Leeds, and Shape Arts, a disability-led organisation which works to improve access to culture for disabled people and supports disabled artists to develop their careers. They are also a founding member of DISrupt, a collective of disabled artists in Leeds, and an Artist Ambassador for Outside In, a national charity that aims to provide a platform for artists who face significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation.
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