Approved: 16.08.2006

Catherine Fenton

Artist, Event organiser

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Approved: 16.08.2006

The inspiration for my works often comes whilst travelling. Concentrating on the details of a passing moment, a view from a train across dry plains, fields of drooping sunflowers, angular mountains with tiny villages perched like a nests on jutting outcrops or a group of old men talking in a square, I see the magic in the ordinary. Sometimes its the quizzical juxtaposition of everyday objects which

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  • Location: London/ St Albans, London
  • Artforms: Mixed media, Painting
  • Tags: collage, map, sea, maps, urban
 
 

Artist Statement

The inspiration for my works often comes whilst travelling. Concentrating on the details of a passing moment, a view from a train across dry plains, fields of drooping sunflowers, angular mountains with tiny villages perched like a nests on jutting outcrops or a group of old men talking in a square, I see the magic in the ordinary. Sometimes its the quizzical juxtaposition of everyday objects which catch the eye and force you to re-examine them, as if seen for the very first time. I believe there is a mystical interconnection between landscape, language, culture and climate which exerts an influence on all of us, regardless of our modern life's alleged sophistication. My intention is to explore this interconnectivity - taking images of nature to symbolically represent the human condition so that a tree can be considered a portrait, or a dark forest becomes a mob at night. Sculpting and painting papier mache, clay and collage on board and canvas to recreate landscape textures, I experiment with the possibility of 'muscle memory' in the media; turning newspaper once again into trees, clay once more into earth. In the past, civilisations used priests or shamans to explain the signs and symbols in nature and our relationship with our environment. I believe the artist can also be part shaman; not just to hold up the mirror to nature, but to help explain our role within it.

CV & Education

The Art of Grieving

group exhibition in support of the charity Bereavement Matters

Kingsbury Barn, Branch Road St Albans, AL3 4SE

15-17 September 2017

http://www.sabn.org.uk

Appearance of...

ArtCan Members exhibition

A&D Gallery

51 Chiltern St, London, W1U 6LY

25 September - 1 October

Global Reactive Art Exhibition UK

group exhibition based on poet Taro Aizu's poetry from "My Fukushima"

May 1-28 2017

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Mardleybury Farm, Mardleybury Rd, Datchworth

Herts SG3 6SG

Fusion @Culthouse

March 30 - April 4

Candid Arts

Torrens Street Islington London EC1V 1NQ

Every Drop Counts for UN Water World Water Day

March 21-30 2017

TOTO Concept Gallery Clerkenwell London

Friends of the Earth  Christmas Tree installation made from recycled plastic water bottles for Sustainable St Albans Week

 Courtyard Café St Albans

19 November 2016 -7 January 2017

Mardleybury Gallery   group show

November - December 2016

Mardleybury Farm, Mardleybury Rd, Datchworth

Herts SG3 6SG

The Strand Gallery   witp_art annual group show

32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP

9-15 October 2016

Solar, Nude Tin Can Gallery

125 Hatfield Rd, St Albans, Al1 4JS

3 June- 30 July 2016

Mardleybury Gallery   group show

Mardleybury Farm, Mardleybury Rd, Datchworth

Herts SG3 6SG

1 July- 31 August 2016

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Past exhibitions

What is the Point? Clerkenwell Gallery group show

20 Clerkenwell Green London EC1R 0DP

6-12 June 2016

 Without a Compass, solo exhibition

 Nude Tin Can Gallery

125 Hatfield Rd, St Albans, Al1 4JS

25th April to the 1st May of 2016

Something Hidden , Nude Tin Can Gallery

125 Hatfield Rd, St Albans, Al1 4JS

24th of February until the 6th of March 2016

2016 - UN. Water World Water Day

Unleashed , Menier Chocolate Factory London

51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

21th of March until the 2th of April 2016

2015 - Art Maze, Bargehouse Oxo Wharf, London.

Forget Me Not, Nude Tin Can Gallery St Albans.

Open Studios, St Albans.

Don’t Forget to Flush!, Nude Tin Can Gallery.

Gallery Artists, Nude Tin Can Gallery.

UN.Water World Toilet Day

Read article on "The Huffington Post"

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 - Loop Arts, Publicly funded Interactive Art project Queens Park London. Queen’s Park Day annual interactive art installations

2006, 2005 - Viva, Brent's Art Register, Willesden, London

2006 - Enchanted Gardens, Glastonbury Park, London

2001 - Candid Arts, Islington, London

Solo Exhibitions:

2005 - The Fallen Angel, Islington, London

2004 - Kentish Town, London

2004/2005 - Zebra Two Gallery, Hampstead, London

1997, 2000 - La Brioche, West Hampstead, London

1999 - Chalk Farm Gallery, Camden, London

1996, 1997 - The Fallen Angel, Islington, London

London Competitions, prizes and awards

2016 - Mayors Pride Cultural Innovation Award, (winner)           St Albans and District for World Toilet Day exhibition

2005Blindart Sense & Sensuality, (short list) Royal College of Art, Kensington London

2005 - Brixton Open, (short list) Bettie Morton Gallery, Brixton, London

Charity auctions

Medical Foundation Institute of Architects

Terence Higgins Trust

Private commissions 2004 - RAFT furnishings, Ideal Home Exhibition, Earls Court London 2004

Public commissions 2003 - Painting for collection of ongoing exhibition, Great Ormond Street Hospital London