Alison Lapper(1965-), Artist
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UK-based artist, born without arms and shortened legs as a result of a medical condition called phocomelia. Studied at University of Brighton where she graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 1994. Her work questions notions of physical normality and beauty. Her photographic work uses light and shadow to create images with a sculptural quality reminiscent of classical statues. Since the birth of her son she has produced work that aims to challenge society's preconceptions about motherhood and disability. In 2003 she won a Woman of the Year award and was awarded an MBE in Britain for services to art. The sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant by Marc Quinn went on display in Trafalgar Square in 2005.
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