Approved: 16.08.2006

Babette Martini

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

My work examines the expression of emotional and bodily states. I understand expression as something transient and being formed through experience. In this way expression in my work is not intentional or a gesture - it is the result of material transformations, the interplay between process and medium. The artistic process itself, its impetus and the unforeseen event become essential to my artwork.

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  • Location: Dortmund, Germany
  • Activities: Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Workshops
  • Categories: Drawing, Printmaking, Research, Sculpture
  • Tags: sculpture, figure, body, drawing, terracotta
 

Biography

My work examines the expression of emotional and bodily states. I understand expression as something transient and being formed through experience. In this way expression in my work is not intentional or a gesture - it is the result of material transformations, the interplay between process and medium. The artistic process itself, its impetus and the unforeseen event become essential to my artwork. The expressive potential of the artwork in its various stages of making or the in-between stages becomes for me equally as valid as the finished piece. I therefore investigate various means such as digital photography and filming through which the different stages of the artistic process can be made visible and can be integrated into the artwork as a whole. I am especially interested in processes of replication and how they can be expressive. The work is produced in series where each piece refers to the experience and the process of making the previous one. My current work focuses on facial expressions. On the one hand, they are to be understood as a reflection of inner feelings, the face being read as a text. On the other, expression itself becomes the mask we present to the world. By combining materials which are traditionally employed in making images of the human figure, my practice examines the expressive potential of each medium and how it inter-relates with the other.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2007 - Practice-Based PhD, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Cardiff

2002 - MA in Ceramics, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Cardiff

1992 - BA Three Dimensional Design (Ceramics), Bath College of Higher EducationBath

Solo exhibitions

2013 - Kopf und Hand, touring exhibition: Kuenstlerhaus Goettingen, BBK Torhaus-Galerie, Braunschweig, Germany

2013 -Traces and Transformations, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath

2011 - Kopf und Hand, Kunstsalon Freyer, 46397 Bocholt, Germany

2011 - Sculpture for Remembrance, Bath Abbey, Bath

2009 - Der menschliche Koerper - Metamorphosen , Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT, Oberhausen, Germany

2009 - Material Changes - Objects in Transition, Technische Universitaet Dortmund, Rudolf -Chaudoire Pavillon, Germany, Dortmund

1993 - Exhibition of ceramics, drawings and prints, Sydney Place, Bath

1993 - Final Exhibition of the Honarary Postgraduate Fellowship in Ceramics, Bath College of Higher Education

Group exhibitions

2012 - Metamorphosis, Fringe Arts Bath,

2012 - Offene Ateliers Dortmund

2011 - OUT OF BATH, Bath School of Art & Design Gallery, Bath

2010 - .......not so fast!, Octagon, Bath

2010 - Keramisch-Kosmopolitisch-Figurativ, Saarlaendisches Kuenstlerhaus, Saarbruecken, Germany

2010 - Unprojekte 2010, Forum fuer Kunst und Architektur, Essen, Germany

2009 - Identity - Anonymity, The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare

2009 - It Wouldn't Be Worth It Without The Struggle, Howard Gardens Gallery, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

2008 - A Collector's Cabinet, Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, Bath

2008 - It Ain't what you do - sculpture show, St Ives Society of Artists, St Ives

2007 - [identity], curated by Mariele Neudecker, The Old Postal Museum, Bath

2006 - One Two Five Gallery - Summer Exhibition, Bath

2005 - Bodywork (touring exhibition), Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

2005 - The Fragmented Figure, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

2004 - The Human Figure, Rufford Craft Centre , Newark

2004 - University of Glamorgan Purchase Prize, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd

2002 - 'Mensen', Keramikcentrim Tienschuur, Tegelen, The Netherlands

2001 - Art London , presented by Byard Art, Cambridge, Duke of York Headquarters, London 2000 - Views across the Lake, Blickling Hall, Norwich, Norfolk

1999 - Everyone is a Winner (touring exhibition), The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey 1999 - Figurative Ceramics, Six Chapel Row Gallery, Bath

1998 - Figuratively Speaking, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds

1997 - Bodies in Clay, curated by Linda Theophilus, Firstsite Gallery, Colchester

1997 - Figuratively Speaking, Rufford Craft Centre, Newark

1997 - Revolve, Stroud Festival of Dance and Music, Stroud House Gallery

1995 - Exhbition, Anglo-Taiwanese Education Fair, Taipei, Taiwan, organised by the British Council

1995 - Figures in Clay, Crafts Council Gallery Shop, London

1995 - One from the Heart, touring exhibition through Wales and England, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

1995 - Regarding Women, The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

1993 - Ceramics Contemporaries, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Artist talks

2009 - 'Eisen erzieht' - Metamorphosen, Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT, Oberhausen, Germany 2009 - Shifting Perspectives - A Continental Artist on the British Isles, Rudolf-Chaudoire Pavillon, Technische Universitaet Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

2006 - Working with Clay:An Intimate Dialogue, Widcombe Studios Bath, Bath

Public commissions

1999 - Variations in 3/4, Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Taunton

1998 - Moving Conversation, Arc Theatre, Trowbridge

Competitions, prizes and awards

2003 - Scholarship for Ph.D.Studies , University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Wales

2001 - Postgraduate Award, AHRC, Bristol

1998 - Community House Award, Community House, London

1993 - Major Award from Soth West Arts, South West Arts, South West

1993 - Setting up Grant, Crafts Council, London

1992 - Honarary Postgraduate Fellowship, Bath College of Higher Education, Bath

1991 - Gane Travel Award, Bath College of Higher Education, Bath

Educational experience - tertiary

2003 - Part-Time Lecturer in Ceramics and Lifedrawing, Bath University, ICIA, Visual Arts, Bath 2003 - Research Assistant, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales

1995 - Part-Time Lecturer in Ceramics, Central St Martins College of Art & Design, BA Course Ceramics, London

1994 - Part-Time Lecturer in Ceramics, Wiltshire College, Foundation Course Art & Design, Trowbridge

1993 - Part-Time Lecturer in Ceramics, City of Bath College for Further Education, Foundation Course Art & Design, Bath

Publications

2011 - Kopf und Hand, Ute Freyer (Catalogue) ISBN 978-3-940517-56-2

2011 - Out of Bath, Keith Varney, Jo Dahn (Catalogue) ISBN 978-0-9566462-3-1

2010 - keramisch-kosmopolitisch-figurativ Antje Soleau (Catalogue) ISBN 978-3-940517-41-8 2010 - Not So Fast, Carole Waller, Mary La Trobe-Bateman OBE (Catalogue)

2008 - Writing about Visual Arts Practice - why an Artist should 'talk' with a pen, BANA Newsletter

2007 - Becoming an Artist (PhD), BANA (Bath Area Network for Artists) Newsletter

2007 - The Expressive Capacity of the Ceramic Medium and Process (Conference Paper, University Sunderland)

2005 - Bodywork, Jo Dahn, Moira Vincentelli (Catalogue) ISBN 1 899095 23 3 2005 - Ceramics Purchase Prize 05, Dan Allen (Catalogue)

2005 - The Figure Undone - Fragmentation in Process (conference paper, UWIC)

2005 - The Process as a Form of Expression (conference paper, Cumulus, Instituto des Artes, Lisbon)

2005 - The Process as a Form of Expression (conference paper, University Newport

2004 - Between the Dog and the Wolf - An Analysis of Christie Brown's Work, Interpreting Ceramics, issue 5

2004 - The Making of a Concept: The work of German Artist Sabine Heller, Ceramics in Society, issue 56 2001 - The Human Form in Clay, by J.Waller, Ramsbury, Marlborough, Crowood Press, ISBN 1-86126-413-5

1999 - Everyone's a Winner, Margot Coatts (Catalogue) ISBN 0 9520162 5 7

1995 - One from the Heart, Eve Ropek, Moira Vicentelli (Catalogue) ISBN 1 872 609 18X

Other

2013 -  Mentoring Group for Professional Artists , Dortmund, Germany

2007-2011 -   Mentoring Group for Professional Artists, Bath, England

2006 - The Role of the Computer within my Artistic Material Based Practice (Designing for 21st century), Department of Computer Science (creativity cluster), Bath University, Bath

2005 - The Process as a Form of Expression (video film, Designing for 21st century), Department of Computer Science (creativity cluster), Bath University, Bath