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Louise Long

MA work

Civil Dawn

Civil Dawn presents archive of insomniac experience capturing during first light. Accumulated over a period of nine months, the series explores the phenomenon of first light, through the filter of sleeplessness.

Photographic images ruminate on the quality of dawn sunlight, as well as a mode of sensory perception that the insomniac dawn uncovers: a state of watchfulness, restlessness, unsteadiness. The series aims to offer a view of insomnia not as tormented confinement in darkness, but of optimism and possibility - the liberation and restoration of the dawn.

Other forms of image-making reflect on expanded ideas around sunlight and the circadian cycle, not least a physical relationship to light within an artistic practice. These works introduce an alternative materiality and aesthetic rupture, probing formal and conceptual associations. The resulting constellation of work is a reference to human rituals surrounding sunlight, and our complex reliance on nature.

An ongoing process of research and making allows the work to evolve, expand and redefine itself over time.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2017

  • At the centre of Louise’s practice is an exploration of place: a process of research, making and re-telling departing from a moment of encounter with an environment. Themes around natural as well as man-made landscapes interweave with the psychological and metaphorical, the literary and philosophical, the historical and archaeological.

    A range of image-making processes (photography, printmaking, painting, drawing) are explored to negotiate physical environments and to reflect on their specific materialities. The hand-made and the material is fundamental to Louise’s practice, as is an interest in relationship between photography and drawing. An affinity with the visual language and spatial values of painting is indebted to her background in Art History.

    Louise’s Masters Thesis, entitled ‘Unconscious Vacuated’,  investigates the notion of visual ‘emptiness’ in visual art and philosophy.

  • Degrees

  • BA History of Art and Architecture, Cambridge University, 2011
  • Experience

  • CITE DES ARTS INTERNATIONALE Residency, Paris, (October - December) 2016; TOMMA RUM Residency, Ifo Centre, Brömolla, Sweden, (August) 2016; Gallery Assistant, VICTORIA MIRO GALLERY, London, 2016; Photographer's Assistant, Rachael Smith Photography, 2013-15
  • Exhibitions

  • A SINGLE IMAGE IS NOT SPLENDOUR, Windows 187 Gallery, London, 2017; Show RCA, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; PITTCAIRN HALL II, London, 2017; OPEN STUDIO, Cite des Arts Internationale, Paris, 2016; TOMMA RUM, Ifo Centre, Brömolla, 2016; THE UNDERSTORY, RCafe Gallery, London, 2016; OF THE SEA, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, 2016; THE CAMPAIGN, Dyson Gallery RCA London, 2016; THE OTHER, Darwin Gallery RCA, London, 2016
  • Awards

  • Distinction, RCA Critical & Historical Studies (Awarded for Masters Thesis, 'Consciousness Vacuated'), 2017; Liverpool Biennale Travel Award, 2016
  • Conferences

  • Artist's Talk, UCA, Farnham, 2017
  • Publications

  • The Air is Still Sweet, 2016 (self-published artist book); The Understory, Syrup Magazine, Issue One, 2016