Richard Layzell’s work as an artist is mainly in performance, video and installation.
Layzell also writes and has been exploring his own past, looking again at his earlier artwork. Developing ideas through text has always been an important part of his process.
In 2015 Layzell was commissioned was by Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland. His performance ‘Clear Stripes’ was designed for the build-up to the Scottish Referendum.
In 2013 Layzell made a site-specific installation for Forty Hall, a large historic building in north London. This work evolved over many months and created a link between the man who built the house, a wealthy haberdasher and the surrounding landscape.
With the help of Wimbledon graduate, Phoebe Davies, Layzell recreated a moment in the life of a forgotten ancestor, also called Phoebe. He called this performance Falling Phoebe. The video record of this became part of a larger installation, The Manifestation, which toured the United Kingdom in 2009.
Layzell has been commissioned to make artwork in many other countries including China, United States of America, Canada, Belarus, Thailand and Australia.