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I mostly work with screen printing and relief lino cutting because they are accessible techniques that celebrate the quotidian and familiar nature of print.

 

Each piece has an embedded relationship to production and work, revealing how it is made and building over time.

 

My installations always have an element of participation, inviting the viewer to interact, contribute and discuss their response to the request.

Caroline's current project - Graveyard Shift
Graveyard Shift
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               Photograph courtesy of Nick Cooney

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               Photograph courtesy of Nick Cooney

Graveyard Shift - Back Lane West 

Residency (September 2023)

Exhibition (September 2023)

In 2020 my father died during our first global pandemic, not of covid but  alone because of it.

As I dealt with anticipated grief at a lockdown distance, I began to make a daily walk to a wild graveyard on the outskirts of Redruth. I would sit by the sound of the stream and feel connected to my father many miles away in hospital.

As time passed and my father died this pilgrimage became a residency, the church allowed me to be guest artist in the Graveyard for the span of a calendar year.

The walking became a daily practice of kneeling to make a rubbing of a headstone, I dropped to my knees each day and connected to this wild graveyard, I allowed grief to inhabit this time and it became a space for anyone who wanted to stop and talk. The drawings I made record the marks I made as my pencil travelled over the paper in response to shifting aches and pains, the reverse emboss records the weather and the carve of the gravestone. Damp Cornish days, deeper emboss.

Writing circled round these daily drawings, and I began to read Roland Barthes mourning diary (1). I fell into step with him, we inhabited the same relationship to grief and my diary responded to his. He, in 1978, me in 2020 but both in step with the number of days since the death of a parent. He a doted on ‘Mamon’, me a much trickier father. I was trying to find a pattern for grief, not neat stages but a rhythm, a familiarity.

The writing was a raw, unmediated journal as I negotiated grief in pandemic times, missed my absent sons in equal measure and I let my daily life flow into words.

The notebooks sat on a high shelf for months before I could take them down and edit their visceral form into short texts. At Back Lane West these texts sit on the lectern as drawings, hang on the walls, are stitched into sculptures and are spoken in the sounds that fills the space.

 

Footnotes

​1. Roland Barthes was a French Structuralist who used Semiotics to decode signs in everyday culture. His Mourning Diary was gathered from scraps of paper found in his apartment and collated into a book posthumously. These fragments record his thoughts in the year after the death of his mother in 1978.

 

He is referred to throughout this exhibition as RB.

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               Photograph courtesy of Nick Cooney

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               Photograph courtesy of Nick Cooney

Test  bed - The Ladder January 2023
Performance - Kresen Kernow 2023
Sound piece - Under/Over Camp Exhibition at Krowji October 2023

 

Graveyard Shift has had and continues to have many iterations. Each piece can gather collectively or stand alone.

It can be sound, drawing, sculpture or performance.


 

Graveyard Shift

Graveyard Shift

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Graveyard Shift - A short film made by Dan Collier

‘Counter Measure’

 

Solo exhibition at Stones café, Krowji October - September 2022

 

A solo exhibition gathering recent work from several projects to find common themes.

Some of the pieces have been shown before, others shown in new formations and some shown for the first time.

The exhibition was accompanied by free give-away 'Counter Measure' postcards  which invited participants to write to someone who can influence a cause slose to their hearts.

The exhibition also offered 2 free 'Lower Case' postcard printing workshops.

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‘Bite Back' 

Exhibited at Fish Factory Penryn with Scary Little Girls - July 2022

4 lino and screen-print posters with accompanying workshop and give away postcards. The postcards invite people to write to someone who can influence a cause close to their hearts. 

Designed for the Mayven Festival, which celebrates this riotous period in a woman's life, this piece questions the level of political control that we experience and invites the viewer to 'Bite Back'.

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‘What do we want?'

Exhibited at Jupiter Gallery, Newly as part of of 'Common Ground' - Scary Little Girls - February 2023

Also exhibited at Verdant Brewhouse, Penryn as part of GASS Collective - May 2022.

16 lino printed antimacassars and tray cloths attached with cable tie wraps to create a site specific installation.