Carol Sommer

Carol Sommer

My practice comprises text, film, sound and performance. It usually draws on what is already available.
A lot of my work is driven by an interest in taxonomies and classification systems, and in particular an interest in the illuminations and absurdities that arise as a result of applying classification systems to existing bodies of information - a few examples of this include the dialogue between
conceptual art practice from the 1960s and risk assessment required by current Health & Safety legislation, the systems that people devise and use to organise their CD and music collections, and the relativity of written descriptions of colour by artists and art critics. More recently a lot of my work has focused on the perception of female characters in literature.
A key factor in this is a fascination with the formal qualities of languages and terminology that are part of specialist activities and professions, as well as the formal qualities of the language of particular writers and the language of ordering or classification systems themselves.
Whilst classification may always be something that is provisional and therefore might never be more than a serious game, I relish the challenge of a serious game and enjoy the tension created through this approach; between on the one hand the desire to be open to both wonder and to complexity and on the other, the desire to understand through classifying or measuring.
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Location Darlington, North East