Liz Atkin is a visual artist based in London. Physicality underpins her creative practice with her skin as a primary source for corporeal artwork and imaginative transformation. Compulsive Skin Picking dominated her life for more than 20 years, but through a background in dance and theatre, she confronted the condition to harness creative repair and recovery.
“I had no idea that was going to turn this disorder around… it was life changing…”
She creates intimate artworks, photographs and performances exploring the body-focused repetitive behaviour of skin picking. She has exhibited and performed in therapuetic settings, galleries and venues in the UK, Australia, USA and Japan. She aspires to de-stigmatise Compulsive Skin Picking and mental illness. She aims to raise awareness and advocate recovery through public talks, specialist commissions, residencies and exhibitions.
Find out more info about her recent Solo exhibitions at UCLA Medical Center & University of Southern California
"I was invited to exhibit my work in a solo show at UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles (26 Oct – 10 Jan) and University of Southern California (from Jan 2016). I visited Los Angeles in late October 2015 to speak to medical students and staff at both sites about my lived experience of Compulsive Skin Picking, my artwork and recovery."
The trip helped deepen my understanding of diagnosis, treatment, and new research. My art practice will be enhanced by these new encounters, and it is my intention to continue advocacy to help those who might currently be suffering, as well and continuing to raise the profile of this disorder to health professionals and others.
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Visual Artist and Creative Practitioner