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
  • 2016 BV Open studios
  • 2015  BV Open studios
  • 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