Photo: Olivia Punnett in Sheffield , East Midlands

Olivia Punnett

Artist, Arts Administrator, Public relations, Lecturer / academic, Researcher
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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 siteโ€™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 siteโ€™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. read full statement

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

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