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Alison Lapper
Alison Lapper

Alison Lapper is a British artist, born in 1965.

Alison studied in the University of Brighton and graduated with a first class honours degree in Fine Art in 1994.

She has since exhibited work in a number of group shows and solo exhibitions including the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Centre and The Hayward Gallery in London.

She uses photography, digital imaging and painting to question physical normality and beauty, using herself as a subject.

Alison has a congenital disorder condition called phocomelia, which means that she was born without arms and with truncated legs.

She paints with her mouth and is a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World (AMFPA).

In May 2003 Alison was created an MBE for her services for art.

Since the birth of her son Parys, her work has concentrated on society perceptions of mothers with disabilities.

Marc Quinn's sculpture of her, Alison Lapper Pregnant, currently stands on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Alison's book, My Life in My Hands, was published in September 2005 by Simon & Schuster.

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