LG White biography in Biographies from the artzine on artrepublic.com
LG White is a Dutch artist who has been based in the UK since 2010. Her work references her life, experiences and surroundings, and is heavily inspired by her love of poetry, literature, and music. She creates striking works across several mediums, including finely detailed pencil drawings, masterful screen prints, and photo etchings.
White enjoys working on bigger pieces and on a larger scale and loves to explore new media, embracing technological advances. She draws inspiration from watching old videos, films and documentaries on youtube. Often a tune will be the beginning of a work of art, “the lyrics, the sadness, the emotion of how the song is performed” will grow into a picture.
White describes herself as a “very eclectic character”, passionate about adventure and learning. As a result the inspiration behind her art is broad and varied, from history, news, and politics, to mathematics and neurology. When asked about the main ideas behind her work it is quite clear that White is a philosophical artist, deeply absorbed by questions of existence and meaning. She even referenced Roland Barthes’ writing on photography and Hegel’s statements on art in interviews about her creative projects.
In an interview with Unfolded Magazine, White explained “Politics is always very important to me and everything that I am trying to do brings a subtle message.” She grew up in Holland at a time when Greenpeace were very active, the Berlin Wall fell and the Vietnam War was coming to an end. She become involved in campaigning against injustice and this drive has followed through into her art. Words feature heavily across her work and “these are all subtle statements” according to White.
Skull imagery also appears frequently in White’s work. It represents “Vanitas... my muse and fear for human beings.” Vanitas is the Latin for vanity, in the sense of emptiness or a worthless action. A Vanitas is a particular type of still life painting in which objects symbolically refer to a theme of the meaningless of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly pursuits. Skulls, which are a reminder of the certainty of death, are common vanitas symbols.
White is a fascinating contemporary artist. Her work is often humorous and mischievous, and always full of visual and philosophical depth. Her first solo show in London was a great success and included surreal landscapes and photo-real objects, strewn with references to history, philosophy, and pop culture.