Caroline Sharp

 

'Silver Thread' was installed in the church porch until November 2016

The hanging is formed of soaked and shaped  white willow cells which at the top resemble a regular net structure but gradually break up or change into net-like polygonal patterns reflecting microscopic natural structures within plants/rocks. The thread of silver birch runs through like a vein or lamination.  


Caroline worked as a landscape architect for thirty years on public space projects in London and Dorset. She is an artist now based in Dorset and has exhibited her work throughout the UK. In her sculptural and assemblage works, she uses a variety of natural materials including her own charcoal, clay, chalk, willow, poplar, birch, hazel, dogwood stems and leaves. Her main focus is on sustainability and treading the land gently. Much of her woven work is strongly influenced by natural form, containment and movement. More recently, she has explored ideas in response to the craft of charcoal burning and her auto­biographical journey in relation to walking the land and the memory of place.

Her work has become a medium for an interaction with nature, which is deeply personal.

Caroline has undertaken residencies and commissions for site-specific installations in which the importance of form and context are paramount. Some commissions included working with the local community in both the concept development and installation. Such commissions have included two installations along the Wessex Ridgeway; “Union” an installation within a young woodland; “Fallen Apples” an installation within a community orchard as part of the Creative Footsteps Project along the Wessex Ridgeway; an installation created specifically for the frontage of the new Crafts Study Centre building at the University of  Creative Arts at Farnham; “Shoot/Wave” an installation at Dorset County Hospital in (pictured above) as part of the Arts in Hospital Programme and more recently in 2012 an installation “Birch Circle” as part of the Art Loan Collection at University of Bournemouth.

Recent exhibitions have included a solo show in 2014 at the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham; the Urban Field exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts in London; the touring Met Office exhibition “Elemental Insight”; “Fresh Air 2009” and 3 solo shows in 2009 at the Devon Guild, Black Swan Arts and Walford Mill. Caroline has also had work selected as part of the Bournemouth University Art Loan Collection 2010; the Stroud International Textile Festival 2010; and “Sculpture and Form” at Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth University 2012.

Caroline is represented by Contemporary Applied Arts, London and the Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey, Devon.

Caroline's pods were on display in the Langmoor Room from 17th September until 2nd October.

 

Woven Vessels

These three groups of woven vessels work as a group but also as individual elements. Each one is unique both in shape and materials used. The weave is largely a random weave developed by Caroline and which emphasises the flow of the material.

The vessels are strongly influenced by natural form, containment and movement. Materials used include: willow, poplar, seaweed, clay and chalk which have been grown or gathered.

Recently, Caroline has developed ideas of containment and revealed layers and this is seen within these works. 

Cup or cupule …… a vessel containing a nut or seed. 

“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” 

“Every majestic oak tree was once a nut who stood his ground” 

“Carry on acorn and remain forever young” 

The 3 small clay covered vessels have been made as a response to the above proverbs and represent the essence of the acorn cup, the seed of the oak tree – in this case the evergreen oak; quercus ilex.The potential energy of the acorn within its protective layered vessel and the ultimate release are explored here.

The Chalk Vessels are a response to geology and place and a revealing of layers over time.