Approved: 15.07.2014

Joella Wheatley

Artist, Curator

Approved: 15.07.2014

I reveal the processes, complexities and voids of solitude through perspective projection, creating secluded interior and exterior spaces. I constructs worlds containing isolated objects, which sit static and unassuming. However, these forms are not merely hollow geometric shapes. They embody an enclosed space and become living things and the subjects of my work.

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Artist Statement

I reveal the processes, complexities and voids of solitude through perspective projection, creating secluded interior and exterior spaces. I constructs worlds containing isolated objects, which sit static and unassuming. However, these forms are not merely hollow geometric shapes. They embody an enclosed space and become living things and the subjects of my work.

The intention behind using these seemingly random objects and shapes is to allow the viewer to detach themselves from the concept of normality, and allow the forms to settle in a place and symbolize the notion of isolation.

My paintings begin with a study of the dynamics of an empty space, which tell a story of power, solitude and emptiness. The ability to calculate, measure and position assists human understanding of what a line can represent. In my work, I pay great attention to the structure of lines, which create the inhabitable arenas. The contents of each space suggest, but never confirm, that activity has occurred. I employ a range of media: acrylic, pen and oil, each being intrinsic to the final piece. The layering of materials adds depth and complexity to the work.

I always explore a variation of formats, from hexagons to octagons and circles. Painting on these shapes can be more challenging, but has the advantage of allowing the viewer to observe the space without feeling constrained or restricted.

CV & Education

JOELLA WHEATLEY 

www.joellawheatley.co.uk
joellawheatley@hotmail.com

LIVES/WORKS

London 

EDUCATION

2009-2012            The Arts University Bournemouth, BA(Hons) Fine Art 
2008-2009            De Montfort University, Diploma in Art and Design 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2014                Forgotten Lines                      Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015                Lower Gardens                      Bournemouth 
2015                History Month Art Trial           University of Kent, Canterbury
2014                Zeitgeist Open                       Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London 
2014                Bryant and Keeling Prize       One Church Street Gallery, Buckingham 
2014                The Future Can Wait &          B1, Victoria House, London   
                        Saatchi New Sensations 

2014                Bournemouth Arts Festival     Bournemouth

2014                Our Common Ground             Rennes, France 

2014                A Given Structure                   Bath Arts Fringe Festival, Bath 
2014                I Cheer a Dead Man’s             De La War Pavilion, Bexhill 
                        Sweetheart 
2013                The Independent Art Fair        Mile End, London  
2013                Summer Salon                        Islington Arts Factory, London 
2013                Metermorphose                      Islington Arts Factory, London 
2012                Platform                                  Aspex, Portsmouth 
2012                Feral                                       The Old Truman Brewery, London 
2012                Caged                                     Arts University College Bournemouth 
2012                Assllop Gallery                        Bridport, Dorset 
2011                At Any Time                            Arts University College Bournemouth 
2011                Out Of Sight                            Bournemouth 
2011                Behind Closed Doors              Bournemouth 
2011                Embodiment                           Text and Work Gallery Bournemouth  

 ARTIST RESIDENCY/AWARDS 

2014                Asthetica Art Prize (2nd round) 

2014                Zeitgeist Open 

2014                Bryant & Keeling Painting Prize  

2014                Beers Contemporary Vision V (shortlist) 
2014                Interregional Culture-Led Regeneration Award 

2013                Metermorphose Residency 
2012                Platform Graduate Award (won) 
2012                Assllop Gallery residency, Bridport, Dorset 

COMMISSIONS 

2014                Private Commission, UK 
2013                Private Commission, Sweden

WORKSHOPS/TEACHING/PANEL DISCUSSION 

2015                 Curator and Lead Artist, Arts University Bournemouth 

2014                Artist Talk, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
2014                Someone and Something Workshop BA Students, Aspex, Portsmouth 
2014                Workshop, Portsmouth School aged 11-12, Aspex, Portsmouth
2013                Discussion Panel, Turner Contemporary 
2013                Workshop, Islington aged 11-12, Islington Arts Factory, London  


PUBLICATIONS 

2014                Interview in Contemporary Visual Arts Network  
2014                Interview in Frame and Reference 
2014                Article in Frame and Reference 
2014                Published Book I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart 
2013                Interview in Frame and Reference 
2012                A-N website 
2012                [EVOLVER] magazine 
2012                CAGED catalogue