Photo: Caroline Dear in Isle of Skye, Scotland

Caroline Dear

Artist, Maker, Publisher, Graphic designer

Caroline is interested in the natural world and how we relate to it. She likes to encourage a fresh engagement with specific aspects of the natural world, recently with particular plants. Her work results from research into the subject and place, with the final piece or pieces being a process of distillation of the many disciplines of information gathered. Caroline's work often encourages a physical engagement with the piece; looking, touching and smelling or actually interacting by moving parts around. Sometimes it is a more passive engagement, but still with a physical reaction; of mood, contemplation or enquiry. She is interested in our changing engagement with the physical landscape and how this affects the inner psyche. Well crafted and finished, her work uses many different processes and materials, creating both 2D and 3D works. She has used the materials of the land (plants, peat, stones), digital photographic work onto various substrates including, paper, alluminium, perspex as well as making both temporary and permanent outdoor works. Projects are often recorded with an artist's book or limited edition book. The method of work she enjoys the best is to produce a body of work which is the result of a period of research, working on her own but in relation to others, liaising with specialists both for the final production and throughout the research. Her work is subtle and delicate and often needs space both physical and mental to be viewed correctly. Living on the Isle of Skye since 1986 when she moved there from France she has developed her practice using skills learnt over the years. Her initial training was as an architect, she has worked both as an architect and as a landscape architect and this has been helpful with the approach to work and commissions. She has received awards from Hi-arts, the Scottish arts council and in 2011 the RSA residency award for working with the Edinburgh printmakers. Residencies include Saari manor in Finland and Cove park in Scotland. read full statement

Location Isle of Skye, Scotland
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Training delivery
Artforms / type of project Environment, Installation, Photography, Printmaking, Textiles
Tags plants, peat, sphagnum, archeology, string, grass, woven, site specific, sculpture, books

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