Despite being relatively anonymous for most of her life, Lula Chamberlain's artwork is notable for both its scale and use of new technologies. A pioneer within the fields of new media, digital fabrication, art installation, video art and conceptual art as well, Chamberlain's use of unconventional materials helped inform her contemporaries as to the many possibilities that lay within the use of technology to extend traditional art, even while she took great pains to hide her identity or fabricate her life story (leading to so much confusion that she was once deemed a fictional artist).
Some saw her work as a reaction to the simplicity of land art and minimalism but Chamberlain stated, "Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the endless oscillation of meaning of even the most simple forms. Likewise in my work, momentary forms become reconfigured through emergent and repetitive practice causing the viewer to be left with a hymn to the outposts of our future."
While in her post-graduate studies, Chamberlain visited several regions within Mexico, becoming enamored with the vibrant and refreshing art scene she found there. Returning throughout her life, Chamberlain found strength in symbols of the wild horse and of the visage, icons that repeat through several of her works. With influences as diverse as Nietzsche and John Lennon, Chamberlain struck out on her own in a quest to create artwork that explores relationship and desire through early forms of digital community. Her work Visage was one of the first to explore artificial identity. Pre-dating the internet by several decades, one can only imagine Chamberlain's contribution to today's networked culture if only she had been alive to experience it.
Text from cached screenshot of a Geocities homepage dedicated to Lula Chamberlain. It is very difficult to find information about her online. This website was last updated in 1996.
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