“The repetitive occurrence of an incident does not guarantee that the same thing will happen again”
Francis Bacon (Philosopher)
My current body of work is titled: Wallpaper. The initial idea was to use a wallpaper design from the entrance hall to my childhood house as a compositional device for a series of large-scale drawings in paint.
The reason for choosing this particular wallpaper was clear. It represented to me a world within a world, it was an escape from the mundane nature of living and provided a fairytale landscape in which one’s mind could wander and where the limits were only set by the extent of one’s imagination.
There is a book by Charlotte Perkins Gilman titled: Yellow Wallpaper. In it the heroine is confined to her bedroom and grows increasingly infatuated with the old and dirty paper that surrounded her day and night.
I began to wonder whether constant subjection to an image or pattern may influence the viewer.
I started to draw out compositions based on this wallpaper. Changes to and the eventual obliteration of the design have meant that I have been able to use it as a peg upon which to hang ideas, to create stories throughout the pattern, and, most importantly, to present the idea that nothing is guaranteed not to change.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2007 - PhD Drawing, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea
2004 - Fine Art: Combined Media, SIHE, Swansea
2009 - The Little Men, Chapter, Cardiff
2009 - Wallpaper, Oriel Davies, Newtown
2006 - Richard Monahan - solo show of drawings and paintings, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin
2005 - 'Drawn' - an exhibition of paintings, mono-prints and drawings focusing on the self-portrait, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd, Swansea
2012 - BEEP: International Painting Prize, Volcano in association with Elysium Gallery, Swansea
2012 - Mauger Modern Art, Hammersmith Affordable Arts Fair, \london
2011 - Jerwood Drawing Prize , Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen
2011 - Sublinear: 5 Perspectives in drawing, Elysium Gallery , Swansea
2010 - After the end..., Elysium Gallery, Swansea
2010 - Citizen, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff
2010 - Eisteddfod, Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent
2009 - Overview, Elysium Artspace, Swansea
2008 - A Collection of Drawings, Mission Gallery, Swansea
2008 - RE:drawing, Oriel Davies, Newtown
2006 - 'House of Fogg' - group show with fellow members of HoF, Bath Fringe Festival, Unit 14, Shires Yard, Bath
2004 - Interactive Drawing - art exhibition/event where the public are invited to engage physically with the work, Exposure Gallery, Swansea
2004 - 'Mr. Strieca' - a short film about art, The Watershed, Bristol
2004 - Degree Show, SIHE
2011 - Drawing Conclusions, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea
2006 - "In conversation with Sue Williams", Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
Competitions, prizes and awards
2010 - Shortlisted for Eisteddfod Gold Medal, Eisteddfod 2010 Blaenau Gwent, Ebbw Vale
2010 - Welsh Artist of the Year -Drawing, St David's Hall, Cardiff
2009 - University of Glamorgan Purchase Prize, Millenium Centre, Cardiff
2008 - RE:drawing Prize, Oriel Davies, Newtown
2005 - Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
Educational experience - tertiary
2011 - Fine Art Tutor, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea
2012 - Drawing Conclusions, Journal of Visual Arts
2008 - RE:drawing