Photo: Olivia Punnett in Sheffield , East Midlands

Olivia Punnett

Artist, Arts administrator, PR manager, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

The dialectic between place and change are the central concerns of my practice. I make installations and interventions that reflect this. I arrange found and made materials and objects in different kinds of spaces, always reflecting the site’s existing architecture. Materials have included dust, old wood, Formica, other found materials, and light boxes, in aged and sun-bleached colours. Light is also important in my production; at times I record dust motes in a stream of light, or the trajectory of light flowing through windows. The site’s sense of place, the memories it evokes, either real or fictional, provokes the work: the traces of memory (for example, inside a cupboard, the underside of a staircase that no longer exists); the relation between object and function, continually changing and reforming, leaving traces that are no longer needed; small remnants of the past that create a strange poetry. I avoid sentimentality through the materials and methods used; however, I recognise certain places are imbued with the residue of longing and melancholy, and it is this that my work captures and communicates.

Location Sheffield , East Midlands
Activities Practice-based research, Art historical research, Residencies, Community arts, Public art, Private commissions, Visual arts consultancy, Technical installation
Artforms / type of project Consultancy, Project, Installation, Intervention, Printmaking
Website http://www.oliviapunnett.com

News & Events

  • Thread of A Plot Exhibition at NN Gallery Northampton.

    Upcoming solo exhibition, from the 15-19 October at NN gallery. A selection work focussing on the garden as a space of memory and cultural hybridity & the work of HE Bates.

  • Stone and Water a Site Specific Exhibition in Matlock Bath

    Stone and water has been commissioned in response to the unique area of Matlock Bath; a Georgian/ Victorian Spa town. From 7-27/06 in The Grand Pavillion.

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