Approved: 08.03.2019

Oona Wagstaff

Artist, Maker, Researcher, Teacher, Writer

Approved: 08.03.2019

Oona Wagstaff is an artist-maker and drawing/painting tutor currently engaged in MA drawing research at Plymouth college of Art, and woking with notions of what drawing does. Oona is interested in phenomenolgy and the interplay between the conceptual, perceptual and physical processes within art practice. My work is that of a wayfarer, nomadic and experimental, seeking out the 'space between'

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    Artist Statement

    Oona Wagstaff is an artist-maker and drawing/painting tutor currently engaged in MA drawing research at Plymouth college of Art, and woking with notions of what drawing does. Oona is interested in phenomenolgy and the interplay between the conceptual, perceptual and physical processes within art practice. My work is that of a wayfarer, nomadic and experimental, seeking out the 'space between' as a place of investigation and exploration. It has no particular shape, and may exist in many states and forms which speak across and through different media. My current work engages with sound, inturruption and ambiguity in the making of work which oscillates between two and three dimensional ideas, between subject and object and between the virtual and sureal. My work is concerned with the impact of technological thinking upon traditional art practice, both in education and in a wider social and cultural context and draws upon artists' work as diverse as CY Twombly and Sol Lewitt and Robert Morris.

    CV & Education

    Oona Wagstaff - Artists’ CV (2018/19)      

    Biography

    Oona Wagstaff is an Artist, Musician, Teacher, Occupational Therapist and Mentor based in Dartington Devon, working within the expanded field of drawing and painting. Following a long career in the Health Service and in teaching, Oona returned to education in 2013 and achieved a first- class honours degree in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking.  Oona is currently studying for an MA in Drawing and is interested in the potential for drawing to be a powerful pedagogical tool, as well as an artistic discipline in-its-own-right.

     

    Current Employment

    Plymouth College Art – Specialist Mentor and Study Skills Tutor

    Schumacher College - Specialist Academic Support Specialist

    Short Course Tutor Plymouth College Art - Painting and Drawing     

    Rhizome Artists’ Collective- Founding Member Plymouth

     

    Art Education

    MA Drawing (current student 2019)

    First Class BA (Hons) degree in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking 

     

    Recent Publication

    Drawing-Learning: Letting Art Teach (2019). Drawing Research, Theory, Practice Vol.(4). Issue (2). pp. 245-256. Intellect Publishing

     

    Awards   

    2016 Winner of the Delamore Exhibition prize 

    2016 Best of Summer Show Award at PCA Degree show 

     

    Exhibitions/Events (2019)

    Rhizome Contemporary Exhibition, Cube 3 Gallery, Plymouth University, Plymouth Devon. October 2019

    Dartington Open Studios and Exhibition August 2019

     

    (2018)

    Artists’ Jamboree Dartington, Devon (August 2018)

     

    Group Exhibitions (2017)

    A Drawing Show, Staff Show at Plymouth College Art

    Rhizome Contemporary Open, Plymouth

    Cube 3 Gallery, Peninsula Arts, Devon

    Delamore Arts, Cornwood, Devon

    Ocean Studios, Plymouth, Devon -Two person show

     

    Group Exhibitions (2016)

    Rhizome Contemporary Open, Plymouth

    FUSE Degree show Plymouth College of Art

    Maker Take, Maker Heights, Cornwall 

    Drawn to the Valley, Open Studios  

    Publications/Papers/Conferences 

    Drawing-Learning: Letting Art Teach (2019). Drawing Research, Theory, Practice Vol.(4). Issue (2). pp. 245-256. Intellect Publishing

    2016 Deconstructing the Spectacle of War; Artists’ Responses to Conflict https://independent.academia.edu/OonaWagstaff 

    2015 Speaker at Student conference

    2014 Chair of student conference 

     

    Residencies 

    2016 Rhizome Artists’ Collective, Plymouth 

    2015 Among Remote Lost Objects - Tabatha Andrews; Residency and Exhibitions, London RoomArtspace and Plymouth (KARST) 

    2014 Maker Heights, Rame School of Arts, Cornwall.

    2014 The Alamo Project, Plymouth