Alison Lapper Wiki
Alison Lapper is an English artist. She is the subject of the sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant, which was on display the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square from September 2005 until late 2007. She and her son Parys feature in the ongoing BBC docuseries Child of Our Time. Alison Lapper bio
Alison Lapper, who was born without arms and with shortened legs, became one of the most famous pregnant women in Britain when artist Marc Quinn made a sculpture of her that stood in Trafalgar Square, London. Alison Lapper bio
This is so terribly terribly sad. Much love to Alison Lapper. Blessings to Parys https://t.co/ZZZELcSaAT
— Anne Reynolds (@anniemaude) August 26, 2019
Alison Lapper Age
She is 54 Years Old disable woman
She was born without arms and with shortened legs, a condition called phocomelia. She was institutionalized in her infancy and is still distant from her relatives. When she was fitted with artificial limbs, she experienced them only as an attempt to make her look less disconcerting instead of actually helping her. So she abandoned them and learned to live without external aids.
At the age of 17, Lapper left Chailey Heritage School with a CSE in Art and moved to London. She then attended the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, in Banstead, Surrey until the age of 19, where she learned to drive. She completed both ‘O’ and ‘A’-levels in art at Sutton College of Learning for Adults, before pre-foundation and foundation courses at Heatherley School of Fine Art.[page needed]
Lapper then moved to Brighton and studied in The Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the University of Brighton, graduating with a first-class honors degree in Fine Art in 1994.
Lapper uses photography, digital imaging, and painting to, as she says, question physical normality and beauty, using herself as a subject. She is a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World (AMFPA), having joined as a student member and receiving a full membership after her college graduation. One particular influence is the sculpture, Venus de Milo, due to the physical similarities between the idealized classical female statue and Lapper’s own body. She has taken part in various British exhibitions, including in the Royal Festival Hall. In May 2003, Lapper was awarded an MBE for her services for art.
After she had given birth to her son Parys in 2000, she created an installation of photographs of herself with him. Lapper and her son have featured on the ongoing BBC television documentary Child of Our Time. In 2006, she published her book My Life in My Hands.
Marc Quinn sculpture
She posed for Marc Quinn for the sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant. Initially, she refused to pose for him, unsure of the way in which he depicted disability. She wanted to be sure the depiction was not of pity.
Quinn expressed how statues, where their limbs had fallen off, were highly regarded and cherished. His intentions were to create art involving bodies born this way. When Quinn phoned a few months after the initial call, Lapper informed him she was now seven months pregnant. His reply was, “That’s even better!” In November 1999, Lapper went to Quinn’s studio to have the cast made.
The sculpture is made of Carrara marble. It occupied the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square between September 2005 and late 2007. A large replica featured in the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony.
In May 2003, Lapper was awarded MBE for services to art.
In July 2014, Lapper was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton.
Lapper’s son, Parys, with whom she was pregnant when posing for the famous sculpture, died suddenly on August 2019, aged 19.
Alison Lapper Son Death cause
Grieving artist Alison Lapper has revealed her son struggled with school bullies, social media pressure and drugs before he ‘accidentally overdosed’. Miss Lapper said 19-year-old Parys suffered depression and anxiety and turned to drugs as he was tormented by classmates who called her a ‘crip’.
Parys was found dead in a Worthing hotel on August 13 and was laid to rest at the town’s crematorium in West Sussex on Thursday.
Read this & cry. A traumatic reminder that in the midst of the rubbish that is our politics, there are terrible things happening. A boy bullied because his mother is disabled.
‘Mums like me shouldn’t be burying our 19-year-old kids, should we?’ https://t.co/QlxcywwQfE
— Angela Smith MP (@angelasmithmp) September 1, 2019
His body was laid out on cushions at home as Miss Lapper cried, hugged and kissed her son for eight hours before the service.
The student’s life had been a struggle as he battled anxiety and depression – worsened by pressure from social media. It led him to take drugs and Miss Lapper revealed Parys may have overdosed accidentally, according to police.
Why Alison Lapper Son Was In drug addiction?
Miss Lapper said 19-year-old Parys (pictured together at home when Parys was 14) suffered depression and anxiety and turned to drugs as he was tormented by classmates who called her a ‘crip’
Parys started taking drugs without his mother’s knowing until she starting smelling cannabis and found out he was smoking joints just after waking up.
It turned him erratic and aged 16 he had to be put in a care home.
Miss Lapper still saw Parys but said she felt guilty as she watched him change further while in care.
She said the conditions were ‘appalling’ and recalled one night he was kicked out of a hospital and slept in a cold field.
Alison Lapper watches ahead of the funeral for her son Parys, 19, at Worthing Cemetery on Thursday with her fiancé, Si Clift
Miss Lapper posed for Marc Quinn in 2000, and his marble sculpture was on display in Trafalgar Square from 2005 to 2007. She told the Sunday Times: ‘He was out of control and I couldn’t help. Not being able to help, I felt so bloody useless.’
Parys’s life was watched by millions of BBC viewers as he featured in the acclaimed documentary series, Child of Our Time, presented by Professor Robert Winston.
The idea was to observe 25 youngsters until they reached their 20th birthdays.
Parys is the only one of them to have died before reaching that milestone.
He lost his confidence and asked his mother not to attend parents’ evening from the age of 13.
Miss Lapper said she could tell he was anxious that ‘we were the show’.
She said: ‘The next day Parys would go in and they would rip pieces out of him.’
After being moved to a smaller school, Parys left and started spending more time on social media.
Speaking movingly after Parys’s birth at 35 weeks in 2000, Miss Lapper said: ‘When I saw him, I just cried and cried’
Miss Lapper said: ‘Parys didn’t like his body. I thought I could teach him to, but it’s a social media nightmare, isn’t it? There’s always someone with a six-pack or bigger. That’s the problem.’
Her son became shy and reclusive and quickly gave up on plans to become a model, photographer or scuba diver.
Miss Lapper said she realized this and ‘fought tooth and nail’ to try to help him, but added that people did not believe her worries.
Miss Lapper (pictured with Pays in 2005) said: ‘Parys didn’t like his body. I thought I could teach him to, but it’s a social media nightmare, isn’t it? There’s always someone with a six-pack or bigger. That’s the problem’
How Aliso Lapper Son Parys death
Another beautiful life ended because of the scourge of mental health. My interview with Alison Lapper on the death of her son Parys whose final years were blighted by bullying, depression and drugs. My heart aches for this extraordinary woman and mother.https://t.co/scDf9K3zZv
— Grant Tucker (@GrantTucker) September 1, 2019
As Parys’s mental health declined, he took more drugs, which made it worse.
But Miss Lapper felt her son was getting better while at the Worthing hotel, and said he had been excited to start a new job.
The pair had spoken three days before his death.
Aliso Lapper Husband The Father of Parys
Miss Lapper has never named Parys’s father, who left her before his birth.
She fought to bring him up on her own as she had been abandoned by her parents and became institutionalized.
The pair had ‘a very physical relationship’ and Parys surprised health visitors as he was able to adapt to his mother’s disabilities.
The artist, who graduated from Brighton University with a first-class degree in fine art, recalled how when Parys turned four he was taller and stronger than her and at just 13 months he could run away.
Miss Lapper said: ‘All you could hear from this house was me calling his name. I couldn’t catch up with him. It got to the stage where he could move me around. If I was telling him off he would pick me up and put me somewhere.’
At Parys’s funeral on Thursday Miss Lapper asked for as many noisy motorbikes as possible to escort him on his final journey.
Miss Lapper watches as her son’s coffin is carried in a Volkswagen camper van accompanied by the motorcyclist
Miss Lapper she was left devastated after her teenage son, Parys, was found dead. She fought to bring him up on her own
She attended the afternoon service with her fiancé, Si Clift.
Alison Lapper Autobiography
Miss Lapper was made an MBE for services to art in 2003, and in 2005 she published her autobiography, My Life in My Hands.
In an emotional speech in 2014 when she was awarded an honorary doctorate at Brighton University, Miss Lapper described Parys as ‘my greatest piece of artwork and creation’.
Mr. Clift described Parys as ‘a mischievous, generous, kind, loving, frustrating, cheeky, forgiving, beautiful boy’.
He added: ‘He was his own man. He was a good son.’
On Tuesday evening, Miss Lapper held an ‘open house’ for Parys’s friends ‘to come and decorate, paint, stick messages or just sign your name on his empty coffin, it’s just a blue box’.