Glasgow based artist Leanne Hopper uses a process which combines chance with a deliberate line of exploration to produce lens based and sculptural works exploring the themes of subjectivity and individuality with relation to contemporary society and media culture.
The exhibition Happiness, began with some of the following chance encounters:
A dead moth that had spent the previous evening darting between 6 equally bright kitchen spot lights, finding it's final resting place in an empty IKEA wine glass. An article in a British newspaper on the Buddhist nation of Bhutan that described a place where the happiness of the people is government policy (a happiness that has allegedly been disrupted by the arrival of TV). A song made up of meaningless words accompanied by an epic orchestral sound track imagined by Hopper for no reason while taking a shower.
From this starting point a body of work has been produced that examines the different forms of happiness from hedonism to aspiration, from commodification to confusion.
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