Approved: 22.01.2007

Caroline Watson

Artist

Approved: 22.01.2007

Inspired by memory, dreams and childhood and coloured by an interest in history, folklore and science, my work explores imagination and takes me on a journey into the infinite world and weird spaces of the psyche. By presenting scenarios of distilled conglomerate versions of such spaces, I use dream logic and attempt to capture something of the emotive and transient qualities experienced on this adventure.

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
  • Activities: Practice-based research
  • Categories: Drawing, Installation, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles
  • Tags: memory, puppets, dreams, imagination, folklore, childhood, theatre, psychological space, states of being, uncanny
 
 

Biography

Inspired by memory, dreams and childhood and coloured by an interest in history, folklore and science, my work explores imagination and takes me on a journey into the infinite world and weird spaces of the psyche. By presenting scenarios of distilled conglomerate versions of such spaces, I use dream logic and attempt to capture something of the emotive and transient qualities experienced on this adventure.

My recent work employs a   visual language informed by the world of puppets. This language has an uncanny theatricality, which chimes well with the strange and symbolic manifestations of subconscious thought. Prompted by a dream, the puppets have become fragmented, their parts being jumbled. Akin to memory, there is an element of composting and recycling.

The addition of 3D and (soon) photography to my practice increases the opportunity to work organically and playfully; using external objects made as props, to create a game of making, adding, subtracting, recording, recycling and remaking.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

1997 - BA Hons degree in Fine Art, University of the West of England, Bower Ashton, Bristol

Solo exhibitions

2008 - Firework Folk, Room 212 and the Rainbow Cafe, Bristol
2008 - Interlude, The Rainbow Cafe, Bristol
2008 - Recent Paintings, The Green Room, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol
2006 - Myth an Magic, Bridgwater Arts Centre, Bridgwater
2006 - Paintings, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
2006 - Paintings , Olive Shed Restaurant, Princes Wharf, Bristol
2004 - New Small Paintings, Olive Shed Restaurant, Princes Wharf, Bristol
2004 - Paintings, Prema, Uley, Gloucestershire
2004 - Penny Bazaar, Centrespace, Bristol

Selected Group exhibitions

2014 Summer Salon, View Art Gallery

2014   BV Open Studios

2012   The Uncanny, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

2011 - 159th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2010 - Comfortably Strange, View Art Gallery, Bristol
2008 - Figuratively Speaking, Atkinson Gallery, Street
2008 - Hired Hands, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
2008 - Millfield Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street
2008 - Society of Graphic Fine Art, annual exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
2008 - The Great Little Picture Show, Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold
2007 - Bristol Art Show 07, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
2007 - Homecoming, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
2007 - ING Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
2007 - Millfield Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Somerset
2007 - Society of Graphic Fine Art, 86th annual open exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
2006 - 154 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2006 - Black Swan Open Arts Exhibition, Black Swan Arts, Frome
2006 - Chichester Open Art Exhibition, Chichester Festival Theatre, Sussex
2006 - Pick Of the Trail, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
2006 - Re-worked, Oriel Washington Gallery, Penarth
2006 - Society of Graphic Fine Art, 85th Annual Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
2005 - 153 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2005 - Apex, Candid Arts Trust, London
2005 - Open Painting Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2005 - The Bristol Pack, Centrespace, Bristol
2004 - Cheltenham Art Prize, Pittville Gallery, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham
2003 - Figure This, Stroud Valley Visual Arts Festival, Stroud
2003 - Tread Softly, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset
2002 - Black Swan Open Exhibition, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset

Artist talks

2012 - Evening Panel Discussion: Real and Imagined Lives, Mshed, Bristol
2006 - Imagination and Magic, (slideshow and talk about my work), Bristol city museums, Bristol magpies, Blaise Castle House, Bristol

Competitions, prizes and awards

2007 - Commended , Millfield Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Somerset
2005 - Award for Painting sponsored by Bristol Fine Art, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2004 - Commended in Fine Art, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset
2002 - Burton Sweet Award, First Prize, Black Swan Arts Open Exhibition, Frome, Somerset