Approved: 13.10.2010

Heather Parnell

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Project manager

Approved: 13.10.2010

“The banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual? […] How are we to speak of these common things, how to track them down, how to flush them out, wrest them from the dross in which they are mired, how to give them meaning, a tongue, to let them, finally, speak of what it is, who we are”. Georges Perec, Species of Spaces, 1974.

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Artist Statement

“The banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual? […] How are we to speak of these common things, how to track them down, how to flush them out, wrest them from the dross in which they are mired, how to give them meaning, a tongue, to let them, finally, speak of what it is, who we are”. Georges Perec, Species of Spaces, 1974.

I have had a longstanding interest in the relationship between objects, personal experience and autobiography. The objects I focus on are part of my everyday; the familiar, the overlooked. My work explores what can be evoked from the correlation between object, material, and process. The shadowy results of some, bear witness through trace, imprint, or residue. Such ethereal qualities also suggest to me an irreconcilable distance between the historical events these objects signify and the present.

My work since 2015 has concentrated on collecting and responding to the objects mined and excavated from the micro-world of my pockets, a diary of sorts. Their contextualisation, amendment and arrangement is a further nod at Archaeology and the Archive.

CV & Education

I am a practicing artist with a longstanding history of working in art education at all levels, Artist Residencies in England, Wales and Egypt, and in producing or commissioning site specific art work for public spaces. I have co-curated a number of exhibitions and am co-editor of 1SSUE; a bespoke quarterly publication of artists’ work. 

Qualifications and training : 2016 - FHEA, 2010 - MA Art Practice, University of Glamorgan 1985 - Postgraduate Art Teacher’s Certificate, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff 1982 - BA Hons Fine Art, Exeter College of Art and Design