Approved: 09.10.2009

Frances Carlile

Artist

Approved: 09.10.2009

I work in sculpture and print and use ideas from each medium to expand the other, sometimes they form part of the same work. I use landscape as an arena or as framing device, within which I can construct an imaginary event. This is most evident in the prints. I also use fragments of actual found landscape; trees, branches and hedge row material. These are sometimes cast, and used in conjunction with

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  • Location: Ludlow, West Midlands
  • Activities: Residencies, Workshops, Exhibitions programme
  • Categories: Drawing, Installation, Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Tags: etching, lino cut, landscape, narrative, Woodcut, Drawing, House, Trees, Fairytale
 

Biography

I work in sculpture and print and use ideas from each medium to expand the other, sometimes they form part of the same work. I use landscape as an arena or as framing device, within which I can construct an imaginary event. This is most evident in the prints. I also use fragments of actual found landscape; trees, branches and hedge row material. These are sometimes cast, and used in conjunction with carved or constructed elements to make sculpture. During the past few years the motif of the house with its contents of objects from every day life has become the focus for my work. I have used it in sculpture, print and a combination of the two; and more recently drawing. The house is situated within of the landscape and often becomes part of the landscape itself in the form of trees or the forest. Within the work I am exploring ideas of absence, quietness and solitude. What happens when the occupants of the house appear to have left? Do the objects left behind acquire more significance? And what part does memory play? I am interested in reverie and space, both imaginative and physical space. I sometimes use narrative, or a fragment of narrative, as an element in its own right when constructing the work. Narrative can be used as a device to expand space and time. It can be used to focus attention on a particular aspect. The beginning and end of the narrative are not necessarily important. It can be set in any order. Sometimes I construct a set of images to form a sequence. This could take the form of an artists' book, or a series of prints.

CV & Education

1995 - MA Sculpture, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

1991 -BA Fine Art, Camberwell College of Arts, London.

Solo exhibitions 2013 - Winter Work, Old School Gallery, Bleddfa  2007 - 20 Years On , Country Works Gallery, Montgomery. 2003 - Surrounded by Weather, Old School Gallery, Bleddfa, Powys. 2000 - Memento, Oriel 31, (Oriel Davies), Newtown, Powys.

Group exhibitions 2013 - Drawing on the Domestic, The Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Presteigne. - Wrexham Print International, Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham. 2012 - RE Open , Bankside Gallery, London 2011 - New Prints, Silk Top Hat Gallery, Ludlow. 2010 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London. 2009 - Fresh Air, Quenington Old Rectory, Quenington 2009 - State of the Estate, Penpont, Brecon. 2006 - Undercover, Oriel Davies, Newtown. 1996 - Lightness and Weight, the Custard Factory, , Birmingham./ 1996 - Tracer, The Tannery, London 1995 - Out of the Nineties, Mall Galleries, London. 1994 - Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno

Residencies and Projects 2013 - Drawing on the Domestic, The Sidney Nolan trust, The Rodd, Presteigne. Earth's Human Shores The Bossanyi Studio, Pinner, London. Private commissions 2004 - First Fruit, Knighton, Powys. 2003 - the Greening of Leaves, Dingle Nurseries, Welshpool, Powys. 2002 - The Protagonist, Newtown, Powys. 2001 - Embarkation, Glansevern Gardens, Berriew, Powys.