The contrasts between outward appearance and hidden subtext; concealment and disclosure, form the basis of my paintings and installations.
The Victorians ascribed specific meanings and sentiments to flower species. These became formalised into a universally recognised Language of Flowers through which passionate emotions could be communicated. Vestiges of this now largely forgotten language persist through the symbolic use of flowers as emblems for events such as Remembrance Day. Particular flowers have lines and patterns that reflect ultraviolet light. These guide insects to the flowers reproductive system but remain hidden to us as they are outside our normal range of vision. These examples of actual and symbolic hidden messages are combined in my paintings; I use ultra-violet paint to place text or symbols beneath my picture surfaces. These hidden messages, which can only be read when illuminated by ultraviolet blacklight, create a second layer of visual imagery, only one of which is initially obvious to the viewer. The images combine to form one complete idea. Other work uses macro views, saturated colours and cropped images to examine flowers from an insects perspective. Industrial methods and materials are employed to create further pieces suitable for outdoor display.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2003 - BA Honours Fine Art, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, University College, Farnham, Surrey, UK 1976 - Certificate in Education, Homerton College, Cambridge,
UK Solo exhibitions
Layers, Leaves, Petals, Paper Corn Exchange Gallery , Cardigan.
Borrowed Landscapes and Stolen Histories. King Street Gallery, Carmarthen
2009 - Carole King- New Work, Art Matters Gallery,, Tenby 2007 - An Insects View, Hall Place, Bourne Road, Bexley Kent., Bexley 2007 - Hidden Messages, Oriel Cambria, Tregaron 2005 - Carole King, Oriel Cambria, Tregaron, Wales 2005 - Carole King- Selected Work, Oriel Emrys, Haverfordwest, Wales
Group exhibitions 2012 - Journeys, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk 2012 - On the Map, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings 2011 - In the garden, Carmarthenshire centre for the crafts, Pentre Road, St Clears, St Clears 2011 - Printfest, Ulverston, UK 2010 - Lines and Strata 2, Denbigh Library gallery, Denbigh 2009 - Little and Large, Art Matters Gallery, Tenby, Wales, Tenby 2008 - Art in the Garden 08, The Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire, Romsey 2008 - Carole King and Glenn Ibbitson, Aberglasney Gardens, Llangathen nr Carmarthen 2008 - Welsh Landscapes, Art Matters Gallery, South Parade, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, South West Wales, Tenby 2006 - Henley Arts and Music Festival, Festival Site, Henley on Thames 2005 - Flora and Fauna, Royal Horticultural Society, Harlow Carr, Harrogate, Yorkshire Workshops 2005 - Monoprint as a Drawing Medium, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, Wales Residencies 2008 - Artist in Residence: Carole King and Glenn Ibbitson, Nant y Coy Arts & Creativity Center, Haverfordwest 2007 - Artist in Residence, NantyCoy Arts, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire Corporate commissions 2003 - Images for Christmas Card, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey