Louise Mackenzie is a mixed-media artist creating installation, sculpture, performance, sound and film works. With a focus on living material, she is interested in the inter-relationships between medium, sound, image and text, attempting to find ways in which these can be connected to produce unexpected results. Often working collaboratively, her experimental, research-based practice explores human evolution, past, present and future: from the origin of the species, through social and cultural evolution in the present, to genetic manipulation, the post-human and the future unknown.
Louise won the New Graduate Award at Synthesis, Manchester Science Festival, 2013 and was shortlisted for the Bio Art & Design Awards, 2015 in The Netherlands. She is currently recipient of post-graduate research funding from BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, a Northumbria University and BALTIC partnership, to explore synthetic biology: the agency of the organism and the evolution of the unknown within fine art practice.