Layla Curtis is a British artist with a significant international profile. Extensive travel has informed much of her work, which explores the notion of borders and boundaries, both physical and metaphorical. The artist’s early cartographic work, developed during a residency at the Akiyoshidai International Arts Village in Japan, has become iconic. (tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?cgroupid=999999961&workid=26956&searchid=10099) Layla’s ongoing investigation into our sense of place and mapping utilises new technologies in extreme environments.
This is the second section of a talk she gave in November 2010. Layla spent 4 weeks in 2010 trekking in the rainforests of Borneo with the semi-nomadic Penan people – one of the last surviving hunter-gatherer tribes in South-East Asia.
Layla Curtis' research and development trip to Borneo was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Storey Gallery commissioned Layla Curtis to develop a project which explored an aspect of Lancaster and the surrounding area. Layla is interested in the boundary created by Lancaster castle walls, a defensive structure that exists simultaneously to protect and restrain.