Approved: 18.02.2011

June Nelson

Artist

Approved: 18.02.2011

 I am interested in history, elusive narratives, and difficult-to-grasp surfaces and edges, from mirrors and maps, to water and cliff edges. I have an eclectic approach to working, finding media to suit different ideas — from wax, graphite powder or smoke, to plaster, paint, installation and video.Earlier work questioned the specularity of thought and the objectivity we seek when looking in mirrors or making maps to understand our place in the world.  This resulted in 'blind mirror' plaster sculptures; graphite and wax panel paintings; an octagonal chamber for contemplation , the walls constructed from graphite-covered panels (The Cabinet of Imagined Mirrors); a series of cartographical curiosities and handmade compasses (Lessons in Cartography), paintings of isolated buildings and individuals "on the edge"; and a film and text-based installation about experiences of flooding (Sandbag Haiku).

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    Artist Statement

     I am interested in history, elusive narratives, and difficult-to-grasp surfaces and edges, from mirrors and maps, to water and cliff edges. I have an eclectic approach to working, finding media to suit different ideas — from wax, graphite powder or smoke, to plaster, paint, installation and video.Earlier work questioned the specularity of thought and the objectivity we seek when looking in mirrors or making maps to understand our place in the world.  This resulted in 'blind mirror' plaster sculptures; graphite and wax panel paintings; an octagonal chamber for contemplation , the walls constructed from graphite-covered panels (The Cabinet of Imagined Mirrors); a series of cartographical curiosities and handmade compasses (Lessons in Cartography), paintings of isolated buildings and individuals "on the edge"; and a film and text-based installation about experiences of flooding (Sandbag Haiku).

    Current work (Histos) comprises paintings, objects and moving image related to female agency in The Odyssey. However, no matter what the ideas underpinning my work, ultimately I am led by the physicality of the materials.

    CV & Education

    EDUCATION & TRAINING
    Fine Art (Painting), BA Hons, University of Brighton
    Modern Art & Modernism, Open University
    English, BA Hons, University of Reading

    Arts & Learning Short Courses for Artist Educators, Centre for Community Engagement, University of Sussex 2010–11
    Training in Disability Awareness/Adaptive Techniques
    Certificate to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, University of Brighton, 2009

    EXHIBITIONS
    Artwave, Lewes (solo), 2012&2013
    East Sussex Open, Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Eastbourne, 2010
    Liverpool Biennial Independents, ‘Near Distance’, Arena Gallery, Liverpool, 2006
    ‘Voyager’, with Brighton’s MAZE Studio Group, Abbéville, France, January 2004
    ‘Voyager II: Lost Highway’, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton,  June 2004
    ‘Present’, group show of alternative printmaking, CBAT, Cardiff, 2004
    ‘Tools for Recognition’, 4-artist show Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2003
    ‘Watch this Space’, post-residency group show, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2003

    'Project181/Projet 181' 2004-2005. DVD of the Anglo-French Cultural exchange between ast Sussex & Picardie. Bilingual edition Ignition Network 2005.

    RESIDENCIES
    AA2A Scheme, Kingston University Fine Art Department, 2010–11
    ‘Watch this Space’ – inaugural residency at Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2003

    AWARDS & GRANTS
    AccessArt ACE-funded '40 Artist Educators, 2014
    Arts Council SE funding towards ‘The Cabinet of Imagined Mirrors’,  2003
    Arts Council SE funding for MAZE studio group for 'Voyager' collaboration with artists from Picardy, France 2004