Approved: 18.02.2011

June Nelson

Artist

Approved: 18.02.2011

I make art out of prosaic stuff, hoping for some poetry. I use paint, ink, plaster, graphite powder, beeswax, and smoke to explore my themes, combining two- and three-dimensional works on paper and on canvas; in assemblages, sculpture, and moving image. When hesitating, I remind myself that I was once brave (or foolish) enough to build an 8-ft high chamber in public, despite never having made anything more complicated than a stretcher. A recent career highlight was one of my smoke drawings being shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018.

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    Artist Statement

    I make art out of prosaic stuff, hoping for some poetry. I use paint, ink, plaster, graphite powder, beeswax, and smoke to explore my themes, combining two- and three-dimensional works on paper and on canvas; in assemblages, sculpture, and moving image. When hesitating, I remind myself that I was once brave (or foolish) enough to build an 8-ft high chamber in public, despite never having made anything more complicated than a stretcher. A recent career highlight was one of my smoke drawings being shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018.

    I use history and mythology to stand witness to hidden or silenced lives, inspired by notions of female agency in new translations of The Odyssey, and historical and archive images of women.  Process, time, and the relationship between object and subject link the recurring patterns and images in my work. Hands, mirrors, threads, weaving, and individuals, both past and present, appear. I have made 'blind mirror' sculptures; wall drawings; graphite and wax panels; an octagonal graphite-covered chamber; a selection of cartographical curiosities and handmade compasses; paintings of isolated buildings and individuals; and an installation about a community’s experiences of flooding.

    During Lockdown, I collaborated remotely with my dance-artist daughter. This led to a series of human-sized, dynamic charcoal drawings, based on a gift of Mothers’ Day flowers. These anthropomorphic floral “moving still lifes” are combined with an hypnotic colour film projected over them. This familial connection continues in my current work in progress, which began on a residency in Wales following the death of my father.

    CV & Education

    EDUCATION & TRAINING
    Fine Art (Painting), BA Hons, University of Brighton
    Modern Art & Modernism, Open University
    English, BA Hons, University of Reading

    Arts & Learning Short Courses for Artist Educators, Centre for Community Engagement, University of Sussex 2010–11
    Training in Disability Awareness/Adaptive Techniques
    Certificate to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, University of Brighton, 2009

    EXHIBITIONS
    Artwave, Lewes (solo), 2012&2013
    East Sussex Open, Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Eastbourne, 2010
    Liverpool Biennial Independents, ‘Near Distance’, Arena Gallery, Liverpool, 2006
    ‘Voyager’, with Brighton’s MAZE Studio Group, Abbéville, France, January 2004
    ‘Voyager II: Lost Highway’, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton,  June 2004
    ‘Present’, group show of alternative printmaking, CBAT, Cardiff, 2004
    ‘Tools for Recognition’, 4-artist show Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2003
    ‘Watch this Space’, post-residency group show, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2003

    'Project181/Projet 181' 2004-2005. DVD of the Anglo-French Cultural exchange between ast Sussex & Picardie. Bilingual edition Ignition Network 2005.

    RESIDENCIES
    AA2A Scheme, Kingston University Fine Art Department, 2010–11
    ‘Watch this Space’ – inaugural residency at Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2003

    AWARDS & GRANTS
    AccessArt ACE-funded '40 Artist Educators, 2014
    Arts Council SE funding towards ‘The Cabinet of Imagined Mirrors’,  2003
    Arts Council SE funding for MAZE studio group for 'Voyager' collaboration with artists from Picardy, France 2004