Biographica : Carol Collicutt at ARTsPLACE

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Biographica : Carol Collicutt

Opening Sunday, August 281 – 3 pm, with an artist talk at 1:30 pm.

ARTsPLACE is excited to announce that New Brunswick based Artist, Carol Collicutt will be at ARTsPLACE Gallery, Annapolis Royal, to install her exhibition Biographica. The show will run through October 9. Carol will be at ARTsPLACE for a two week residency from August 29, variable hours.

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For this exhibition Carol has drawn from 3 bodies of photographic, or photo based work, all of which address the concepts of memory and identity.

The first series, which consists of large photographs printed on mylar and mounted on dibond, deals with memory as an obscured moment in time. Shot through glass, these photographs express memory as indistinct and hazy. Using photographs of the artist as a child and at various points in her adulthood, the idea of recall as unreliable and subjective is emphasized by the distortion and addition of colour of various glass objects. The line “through a glass, darkly” a common phrase in western literature, informed the work.

Altered photographs shot in layers, make up the second series. They are shot on mylar, painted on, scratched, and marked, then re-shot and printed on watercolour paper and mounted on dibond. The subject matter varies from architectural views, to landscapes, but in all cases the finished photographs are again mysterious and not quite realistic. Memory is still the driving force, but manifested in dream-like, unreal environments.

The third series, begun in January 2016 and still in progress, uses archival family photographs, printed in large scale, and directly drawn and written on. These are directly biographical, and autobiographical, since the text and added content relate directly to the photographs in either a subjective or an objective way. Of the work, Carol states “….the idea of stored experience of an individual fascinates and absorbs me”.

Carol Collicutt was born and grew up in Halifax graduating from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, and later from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Education. She received her art training at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, where she focused on drawing and painting.

Carol was President of Gallery Connexion 2004 – 2010, and her involvement with the Board of Gallery Connexion extends back some 20 years. She is an avid supporter of artist-run culture in New Brunswick.

She has maintained a studio in Fredericton for 30 years. Primarily a mixed media artist, she has recently turned to photography as a vehicle for her work on memory and identity, themes which have permeated her work for many years.

Carol has been the recipient of 6 Creation Grants from artsnb, the most recent in 2015, and her work is represented in the New Brunswick Art Bank as well as many corporate and private collections.