Lorna Johnson


I am a visual artist living and working in Leeds, who is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at the School of Fine Art, Art History and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds.  

Working predominantly to make artist-made objects, sculptural installations/assemblages and collage, my work is inclusive and experimental. Whilst there is a respect for the traditions of the techniques, I strive to offer an open approach to the materials and methods that might be utilised.  My instinct as an artist is to cherrypick and I see this as part of my role as an artist.  I am drawn to objects and materials where the monetary value is questionable: materials, objects, trades etc. that could be perceived as more disposable and non-precious i.e. it’s not made of gold, something else can replace it, not usually kept for long, there’s only a scrap left.  Visually this is explored through the combinations of materials and quantities of items that I choose to use and make, and the association's people may have with both material and object. This is currently taking a central role to the research I am conducting as part of my practice-led research; Yorkshire Hoards – Understanding the objective/ subjective value of the objects we continue to earmark, lay, maintain, stow, put away through the artist’s edit.

Research interests

Website - lornamilnerjohnson.com

Twitter - @lornamjohnson @TheArtistsEdit 

Instagram - @lornamilnerjohnson @theartistsedit 


  • MA Design - University of Leeds
  • BA Art: Practice and Theory - University of Lancaster