Marion Piper is a Norfolk based artist and alumna of the Platform Graduate Award (2012), which initiated her connection with MK Gallery.
In 2012, Piper used the MK Gallery Project Space as a studio, making work linked to the ‘new city’ of Milton Keynes and the artist’s interpretation of A Tale of Two Cities (1859) by Charles Dickens. Piper’s ongoing interest in modernism and the city developed further while working in Paris. Whilst reading The Kill by Emile Zola, and walking the streets between Haussmann facades, Piper made numerous drawings with humble materials, considering the ideals incorporated into the planning of the city and its life, rules and repetition, and the experience of urban light and surface. Grand Standing was made in Paris, influenced by ideas originating during the artist’s time in Milton Keynes.