CATHERINE CLEARY & REBECCA ILETT

“Narrative Lights” & “Kitchen Shorts”

We have been working together for the past few months to explore common themes and interests using film and photography. The starting point was to try to make narratives using the movement of light and to create environments in which unlikely events can occur. Working in the dark, both literally and metaphorically, we have been using a single domestic light source and manipulating simple household materials to play with scenarios that are open ended and experimental. Themes and directions have begun to emerge; short films that allude to storytelling, moving images that have begun to take on narrative shape and meaning. We are working in Catherine’s studio that is also her kitchen. Looking closely at the film clips you may notice that we are often filming props made from things such as tangerine peel, food boxes, flour and other domestic materials. At the moment we are shooting footage of light scenarios played through a fish tank full of 400 tubes of lubricating gel – the remnants from a commercial prop making day job! We are beginning to see footage that reflects ourselves as artists, as women and as mothers; within the moving imagery small insights, narratives and metaphors are gathering. Catherine Cleary makes large-scale paintings. Drawing references from text, film music, observation and sensation, she uses the paint to access a place where the infant, the archaic and the arcane, myth and sensation can be explored. Playing with narrative and with the interplay between figuration and abstraction Catherine uses the suggestive and contouring properties of oil paint to allow the process of painting to suggest forms and provide the finished image

 

Catherine Cleary makes large-scale paintings. Drawing references from text ,film music, observation and sensation, she uses the paint to access a place where the infant, the archaic and the arcane, myth and sensation can be explored. Playing with narrative and with the interplay between figuration and abstraction Catherine uses the suggestive and contouring properties of oil paint to allow the process of painting to suggest forms and provide the finished image

Education; City and Guilds of London MA Fine Art 2009 University of the Creative Arts Farnham, BA(Hons) Fine Art 1980

Recent exhibitions include: Beneath the Surface.  The Plough Cambridge 2015, Fairtrade and Flatlands Barbican Arts Group Trrust 2014, Artworks Open Blackhorse Lane project Space 2014, Stray at Art Cell Gallery 2013

Rebecca Illet is an artist whose work is dominated by the themes of archive, memory and documentation. Her work is innovative and uses many different materials from ceramics and found objects to precious metals and stones. The work she makes whether installation, photography, sculpture or jewelry seeks to re-conjure or reference an event, memory, story, and is often semi-autobiographical.

Education; BA(Hons) Sculpture 1987 Sunderland polytechnic

Recent exhibitions include: Beijing International Jewelry Exhibition 2015, The Contemporary Jewellry Exchange 2015, Art. Language. Location Cambridge 2014, Peep Show Changing Spaces Gallery 2014, Fragments: Society of Designer Craftsmen 2013

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