Approved: 09.10.2020

Raen Barnsley

Artist, Curator

Approved: 09.10.2020

Barnsley constructs lively and chaotic sculptures that act as physical manifestations of her experiences with dyslexia. Utilising an alphabet of shapes and motifs that float and fluctuate outside of a structure’s grasp, the resulting compositions hint at a muddled and hectic mind frame. Barnsley also uses a highly saturated colour palette and a wide range of textures, each of which she uses as a different stream of information, aiming for them to bounce off each other and contrast with their surrounding elements as much as possible. An emphasis on experimentation with materials runs heavily through her practice, giving her the ability to use many different mediums in one sculpture alone and create outside of the limitations of one, sole discipline.

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Artist Statement

Barnsley constructs lively and chaotic sculptures that act as physical manifestations of her experiences with dyslexia. Utilising an alphabet of shapes and motifs that float and fluctuate outside of a structure’s grasp, the resulting compositions hint at a muddled and hectic mind frame. Barnsley also uses a highly saturated colour palette and a wide range of textures, each of which she uses as a different stream of information, aiming for them to bounce off each other and contrast with their surrounding elements as much as possible. An emphasis on experimentation with materials runs heavily through her practice, giving her the ability to use many different mediums in one sculpture alone and create outside of the limitations of one, sole discipline.

As well as finding inspiration from her dyslexic tendencies, Barnsley is also influenced by the possibilities within contemporary imaging software and its ability to depict dyslexic behaviours. Spanning print, painting, collage, and sculpture, her works are often designed in a similar method to the production of digital images; using multiple layers, areas of indicated transparency, and highly saturated, screen-type colours. Concerned with how technological advances in software will continue to change the aesthetic of her work, she is interested in what it means to bring the virtual into the non-virtual, with hand-produced work made with traditional techniques.

CV & Education

EDUCATION

MA Fine Art – Distinction - City and Guilds London School of Art – 2019

BA (Hons) Fine Art – First - The University of Gloucestershire – 2017

 

EXHIBITIONS

Upcoming - Solo show, Ryebank Gallery, Rye, 2020

Upcoming - 50 x 50, Auction Collective, London, 2020

To My Twenties, Auction Collective, London, 2020

LARA Painting Now, Brixton, 2020

MA Degree Show, City and Guilds School of Art London, 2019

Open Exhibition, Ovalo Gallery, Mexico City, 2019

Red Herring, The Island, Bristol, 2018

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Block 336, London, 2018

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Baltic Mill & Baltic 39, Newcastle, 2017 

Now Us, R. K. Burt Gallery, London, 2017 

UOG 2017, Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham, 2017

Sind wir der zeitgeist, Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham, 2017

Arts Festival 2016, All Saints Church, 2016

Resolute, Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham, 2016

 

AWARDS

The Jealous Art Prize, 2020

Shortlisted for The Signature Art Prize in Sculpture, 2020

Shortlisted for Degree Art’s The Directors Award, 2020

Leverhulme Scholarship, 2018

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2017

Travel Award - Research in Switzerland, 2015

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Upcoming - The Victoria and Albert Museum – Permanent collection - Jealous Gallery screen-print, 2020