Alison Lapper (UK)

Alison Lapper, British artist, was born in 1965 without arms and shortened legs, the result of a medical condition called phocomelia. The first 19 years of her life were spent in residential institutions for people with impairments. She studied first at the Heatherley School of Fine Art and then at the University of Brighton, where she graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 1994. She has since exhibited work in group shows and solo exhibitions, which have been well documented by the media.Her work uses a variety of media including painting, photography, digital imaging and installation to explore her subject, which is often herself and the ways in which she is viewed by others. Her work questions notions of physical normality and beauty, in a society that considers her to be deformed because she was born without arms.