Contemporary Artist and Writer based in York, UK.
Current Themes:Fusing art with prose, my current artwork incorporates symbolism into fragmented and textural drawing, painting and collage work. Progressing into installation pieces, I strive to portray the same feelings provoked in the poems I write, but through visual means. Capturing the romantic notion of reminiscence, both the poetry and the art have a delicacy and fragility that describes human emotion. They resonate with feeling, with something instinctually felt and connected with; something rooted in humanity. My current work is about preserving the moment; trapping time through a fairytale ideology. It keeps hold of faded dreams and describes how the residual spirit of a past life can linger over existence. These themes of reminiscence, memories, past lives and a beautiful melancholy are translated by combining my prose with the symbolic wedding dress. I use floating, ghostly fabrics and fragile papers, all of which are torn, aged, decayed, moth-eaten and dust-ridden. Through the poetry, dress installations and sketchbook works i strive to capture and translate the feeling of this past nostalgia, it is eeriely ethereal, other-worldly, yet beautiful. A romanticised decay, a faded fairytale... A beautiful distortion of reality Romanticised Decay - My fairytale nostalgia.
Previous Work:· A homage to Aphex Twin. Translating the feeling that a piece of music can evoke, via visual means. A range of medium and paints reacting and repelling one another in a motion suggestive of the sounds within the song, and captured in a photograph. Inner,outer space. Depths of the sea. Weather patterns. Space. Static. Distortion. Feedback. Dark. Noise. · Books and postcards. words. paper. texture. collage. sketchbook. handwriting. cotton. fabric. aged papers, old books, traces of the past. people and their memories. · Theatre Dress. An extension of the book project, focussing increasingly on the memories held within handwriting, words and paper. Combined with dress constructs made from pattern paper I draw attention to the fragile quality of paper, as well as to the thought processes and creation process. Displaying my work in a theatre gave me opportunity to express the importance of the creation process by drawing examples from the 'behind the scenes' aspect of a theatre performance. By combining stage direction and backstage notes with the paper used for the construction of a garment this concept is only accentuated! The texture and quality of the materials I use is also important to me, and the dress constructs illustrate how different textures interact with one another; how the paint, stitching and print can merge and fuse with the surface it is applied to, and of how the quality of the materials can translate a concept visually. The paper I have used, especially when combined with the delicate netting and subtle colour scheme, has a very ethereal quality to it. The way that it floats freely in the breeze and how the light is allowed to shine through it, all combine to reveal an almost ghostly presence to the piece. · Tanka. Visual responses to Tanka poetry. Extending the ethereal, ghostly feel from the fragile papers used previously, i draw upon an essence of these ancient Japanese poems to reflect the impermanence and transience of life. Tanka poems reveal aspects of the human condition, and highlight themes of life, death, rebirth, decay and delicacy. Buddhism features heavily within Tanka, and i used a very meditative, quite contemplation to create my own tanka poems. These in turn lead to more contemporary prose and issues connecting traditional tanka themes of loss, beauty in sadness, with ‘borrowed words’ from other contemporary writers. I also referenced fairytales heavily throughout. Expressing the feeling of tanka, both in my own prose, and visually through delicate collaged work and photography was the main objective of this work. fairytale nostalgia, beautiful melancholy, cherished cereus. fleeting beauty... The tanka ideology continues to inspire my practice, as i attempt to express feelings and to describe aspects of the human condition. · While at Art College prior to my degree work, i covered a range of themes, specializing in textiles during my final year. Prominent themes included Paganism, where i produced work to combine the spiritual with aspects of nature. "Faerie" art, which expanded the Pagan theme. And the Symbolism of Flowers, which began as a more contextual based assignment but extended to become a commentary using dead flowers as a metaphor for humanity, inparticulary our destructive effect on nature, in a project named "Dead Bloom". Drifting idly amongst the dead bloom, Seeing shadows in the dark...
Method:Sketchbook Contemplation… Mixed Media. Collage. Fragmentation. Small works. Fusing the written word with visual arts. Creative writing, with my recent focus being contemporary poetry. Textile work. Use of the Sewing machine. Designing, modifying and customising clothing, accessories and bags. Tattoo Design. The gallery features examples of both my previous and current work. Many of the images are available as prints in a range of sizes and mounts, please email me with your enquiries. I am always looking for opportunities to extend the themes that interest me, if you would like to get involved just get intouch! Thanks, Pauline :-)
Escaping through the mirror, My hands are cut…
Biography: Qualifications: · BA (hons) Art and English Literature, York St John University, York. 2003 - 2006 · AVCE Art and Design (grade BB) · A level Fine Art (grade C) · AS level Textiles (grade B) all completed at Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool. 2000 - 2002 · 11 GCSE's at grade A and B including Art, Textiles, Media and Business Studies completed at Shotton Hall School, Peterlee. 1995 - 2000 Recent Group Exhibitions: · York St John University Graduate Show June, 2006. · "Tanka and Art" at The Bar Gallery, Curzon Soho, London. 17 July – 14 August 2006 · "Fleeting Beauty", The Embassy of Japan, London. March 2005. · "Fleeting Beauty" at the Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Japan. August 2005. Recent Solo Exhibitions: · Paper dress installation at the Theatre Royal, York. Pantomime Season, 2005/06. Next Solo Exhibition: · "Beautiful Melancholy" at the Central Library, Museum Street, York. 3rd Jan - 15th Jan 2007
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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