Approved: 22.01.2007

Caroline Watson

Artist

Approved: 22.01.2007

Inspired by memory, dreams and childhood and coloured by an interest in history, folklore and science, my work explores imagination and takes me on a journey into the infinite world and weird spaces of the psyche. By presenting scenarios of distilled conglomerate versions of such spaces, I use dream logic and attempt to capture something of the emotive and transient qualities experienced on this adventure.

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Biography

Inspired by memory, dreams and childhood and coloured by an interest in history, folklore and science, my work explores imagination and takes me on a journey into the infinite world and weird spaces of the psyche. By presenting scenarios of distilled conglomerate versions of such spaces, I use dream logic and attempt to capture something of the emotive and transient qualities experienced on this adventure.

My recent work employs a visual language informed by the world of puppets. This language has an uncanny theatricality, which chimes well with the strange and symbolic manifestations of subconscious thought. Prompted by a dream, the puppets have become fragmented, their parts being jumbled. Akin to memory, there is an element of composting and recycling.

I have a strong compulsion to hoard waste materials, especially broken pieces of furniture, wood and old fabrics and to grow something new from them. The addition of 3D and photography to my practice, increases the opportunity to work organically and playfully; using external objects made as props, to create a game of making, adding, subtracting, recording, recycling and remaking.

 

CV & Education

Higher Education

1994 - 1997 University of the West of England, BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art

1997 - 1998 University of the West of England, Certificate of extension studies.

Selected Exhibitions

2018 “Doorways”, Fringe Arts Bath Festival

2018 BV Open Studios, Bristol

2017 "Fairyland" Hours, Bristol (solo show)

2017 Electric Open, Electric Picture House, Cheshire.

2017 "Go Wild in the Country" Bruton Art Factory, Somerset

2017 BV Open Studios, Bristol

2016 Black Swan Arts Open, Frome

2016 BV Open Studios, Bristol

2015 BV Open Studios, Bristol

2014 Summer Salon, View Art Gallery, Bristol

2014 BV Open Studios, Bristol

2013 Bristol Puppet Festival

2012 "The Uncanny", Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancashire

2011 Royal West of England Academy, Autumn Show, Bristol

2010 Fire and Iron Gallery, Surrey

2010 "Comfortably Strange", View Art Gallery, Bristol

2008 "Firework Folk" Room 212 & Rainbow Cafe, Bristol (solo show)

2008 Recent Paintings, Tobacco Factory, Bristol

2007 ING Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London

2007 Homecoming, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol

2007 Bristol Art Show, Centrespace, Bristol

2007 Society of Graphic Fine Art annual exhibition, Menier Gallery, London

2007 Millfield Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery

2006 Octogan Theatre,Yeovil (solo show)

2006 "Myth and Magic", Bridgwater Arts Centre (solo show)

2006 Olive Shed Bristol (solo show)

2006 Royal West of England Academy Autumn Show

2006 Chichester Open Art Exhibition

2006 Society of Graphic Fine Art annual exhibition, Menier Gallery, London

2006 Black Swan Open Arts Competition, Black Swan Arts, Frome

2006 “Re-worked”, Oriel Washington Gallery, Penarth

2005 Royal West of England Academy Autumn Show

2005 Chichester Open Art Exhibition

2005 “The Bristol Pack” launch exhibition, Centrespace, Bristol

2005 Millfield Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery

2005 Royal West of England Academy Open Painting Exhibition

2005 “Apex”, Candid Arts Trust, London

2004 Olive Shed Bristol (solo show)

2004 Prema, Uley, Gloucester (solo show)

2004 "Penny Bazaar", Centrespace Gallery, Bristol (solo show)

 2004 Royal West of England Academy Autumn Show

2004 Cheltenham Art Prize Open Exhibition

2004 Black Swan Open exhibition,

2003 “Figure This”, Stroud Valley Visual Arts Festival

2003 “Tread Softly”, Black Swan Arts, Frome

2002 Black Swan Open Painting Competition, Black Swan Arts, Frome

Awards

2007 Commended, Millfield Summer Show

2005 Award for Painting, sponsored by Bristol Fine Art, RWA Autumn Show 

2004 Commended in Fine Art, Black Swan open exhibition

2002 Burton Sweet Award; First prize in the Black Swan open painting competition

Talks and Events

2012 Evening Panel Discussion: Real and Imagined Lives, Mshed, Bristol

2006 Imagination and Magic, Blaise Castle House Museum, Bristol