Approved: 16.08.2006

Wendy Tuxill

Artist, Writer, Critic, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

For the past five years, I have explored non-traditional uses of liquid porcelain, using an approach to mark making as a large part of the content of the work. The outcome has been a series of process led sculptural drawings and forms in which there is a point of transition from order to disorder, when different kinds of ordering emerge, allowing the fluidity, solidity and fragmentation which emerge

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  • Location: Bedford, East
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Art historical research, Critical writing, Creative writing
 

Biography

For the past five years, I have explored non-traditional uses of liquid porcelain, using an approach to mark making as a large part of the content of the work. The outcome has been a series of process led sculptural drawings and forms in which there is a point of transition from order to disorder, when different kinds of ordering emerge, allowing the fluidity, solidity and fragmentation which emerge during the process of making the work to show through in the final white abstract forms. In the Liminal and Lacuna series of drawings, the expressive qualities of line are explored using the fluidity of the material to create thinness, thickness, softness, hardness, fragility and strength, underscored by the cracking, warping, and fragmentation that are inherent qualities of porcelain as the material dries. The drawings do not depict a specific object or thing, but are created in the making, the work being the result of process, risk, control, chance, and the context in which the work is shown. Traditional assumptions that surround drawings, materials, and processes are reconsidered in order to explore new approaches. Risk and chance emphasise the ephemerality of the work at every stage, especially when a final performative aspect is introduced as two drawings prop each other up, moving from two to three dimensions, radically exposing the vulnerability of the work.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2010 - Practice based PhD , Social Science, Arts and Humanities Research Institute , University of Hertfordshire 2002 - MA Fine and Applied Art Practices (Distinction), University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield 1999 - BA(Hons) Art and Design (1st Class), University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield Solo exhibitions 2006 - 'Stones and Boxes', Bone China Installation (solo), Barbican Arts Centre, London 2000 - Fragile Earth, Leighton Buzzard Theatre Gallery Group exhibitions 2011 - Trans-Siberian Travelling Art Exhibition, Trans-Siberian Arts Centre, Moscow - Beijing 2010 - Research Showcase, University of Hertfordshire Gallery, Hatfield 2010 - 'Wish you Were Here', Bath Spa University Gallery, Weston Super Mare 2009 - Drawing Through Process, UH Galleries, Hatfield 2009 - 'Drawn In', Sidcot Arts Centre, Winscombe, Somerset 2008 - Drawing on Experience, WM Gallery , Chicago, USA 2007 - The Daily Draw, The Pitt Studio and Gallery , Worcester, UK 2006 - Artist's Book Fair, Insitute of Contemporary Arts, London 2005 - Porcelain and Bone China Installation (two person exhibition), Ronald Pile Gallery, Ely 2004 - Bookworks (group exhibition), Houseroom Gallery, Bath 2004 - MA Exhibition, U H Galleries, Hatfield 2002 - 'Journeys', Faculty of Art and Design, Hatfield 2002 - New Designers, Business Design Centre, Islington 2001 - ifree art, Bromham Mill Gallery, Bedford 2001 - Winter Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London Curated projects 2008 - 'Her Mark 2009' , WM Gallery , Chicago, USA Artist talks 2010 - Critical Dialogue Public Lecture Series, Visual Literacy, Critical Enquiry, University of Hertfordshire/ Itunes U, Critical Dialogue , Hatfield, Hertfordshire 2008 - Visual Literacy Conference, University of North Texas, Dallas, USA 2007 - A Critical Approach to Process in Practice, ICMEA International Conference, Fuping Art Village , Xian, China 2007 - New Craft Future Voices, International Conference, Published Conference Paper, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Scotland 2007 - SSAHRI Showcase, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Hatfield, Herts 2006 - Contemporary Writing for the Ceramic Arts, Conference Paper , International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary Residencies 2000 - Festival Banners 2000 , Bedford Museum, Bedford http://www.museumeducation.bedford.gov.uk/pages/update.html Educational experience - secondary 2004 - ARTSCOOL!, Faculty of Art and Design, Hatfield Herts 2003 - ARTSCOOL!, Faculty of Art and Design, Hatfield Educational experience - tertiary 2011 - Visiting Lecturer, Critical and Cultural Studies, School of Creative Arts , University of Hertfordshire Site specific 2008 - Art Below, Euston Underground Station, London 2000 - Codices/ Caroline Bartlett, Cathedral Grounds, Bury St. Edmunds 2000 - Snowballs in Summer (Andy Goldsworthy), Barbican Arts Centre, Streets of City of London Publications 2011 - Process, Practice, Discourse: A Critical Approach to Contemporary Ceramic Art Practice. Publisher, VDM Verlag. ISBN 978-3-639-34555-1 2009 - Power to Empowerment, Critical Literacy in Visual Culture (USA) 2008 - D'A (Italy) 2008 - 'Her Mark 2009' (USA) 2008 - ICMEA 2007 (China) 2007 - New Craft Future Voices (Scotland, UK)