Artist Statement

Caroline Mackenzie is a British sculpture artist, graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2016.

 

Her theatrical artistic practice, which includes sculpture, installation, moving image & sound explores the conceptual aesthetic of suspension. This is investigated through a physical play with gravity, as well as the metaphorical notion of creating a suspended disbelief within her audience.

 

Some of the objects take on a live performative presence, sitting in-between fact (science) and fiction (cinema). Physics makes way for trickery, as these otherworldly objects are often recognisable from the language of product design or derived from film or theatre sets. The work manifests as contained ephemeral environments where the audience activates the work. 

 

Dappled light often typifies her work, as investigations with light and space focusing on transparency through materials attempt to evoke a sensory response from her audience.

 

Education

 

2014-2016 - Royal College of Art, London. MA Sculpture

2004-2007 - Central Saint Martins College, London. BA Fine Art

2003-2004 - Kingston University, Surrey. Foundation Studies in Art & Design

Awards

Shortlisted for the Royal College of Art Graduate 'Sculpture Town prize' Award 2016 - Selected by RCA senior tutors and visiting examiner, Laurence Sillars (former curator of Tate Liverpool, The Baltic & current The Henry Moore Institute)

 

Shortlisted for the Neo:Artprize 2019, judges/curators:

Sacha Craddock - Art Critic & Curator

William Lunn - Director, Copperfield Gallery London

Helena Wewiora - Director, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Jordan Baseman - Senior Tutor in Moving Image, RCA 

 

Exhibitions

Upcoming: Muse Gallery, Portobello Road, September 2021

2020:

Curated 'Time Piece 2020', virtual international arts festival with Mithu Sen, Andy Holden, Rebecca Jagoe, Sivan Rubinstein, Jali Madi, Remi Harris, Mark Schmidt & Elizabeth Jane Burnett (21-27 Sept. 2020)

2019:

Flash, 2019, was shown as part of Swallowsfeet Collective's first 'Oops @ OH', performance art event at Bermondsey's Biscuit Factory, Nov.

'Flux, 2017' was shown as part of 2019's international 'Oops Festival' curated by Swallowsfeet Collective, at The Old Market Theatre, Brighton. March 22nd-24th March 2019

Soloing, 2019 was part of 'Black Box artist residency' at Farnham University of the Creative Arts, Surrey. 11th March - 29th March.

'Kaipo Che! artist residency' in Vadodara, India for Gujarat's annual Kite Festival. Sponsored by ArtCore UK & The British Arts Council. January 4th-21st January

2018:

Flow II (solo show), Mount Florida Gallery, 37 Clincart Rd, Glasgow G42 9DZ. August

Flow (solo show), Art Hub Gallery, 5-9 Creekside, Deptford, SE8 4SA. July

2017:

Birthday Party, APT Gallery, 6 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 4SA. September.

REcreative short film night, South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Rd, London SE5 8UH. August

Creekside Open, A.P.T Gallery, 6 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 4SA. May

14TH CINEMA [14.01.17], 147 Curtain Road, Shoreditch. January

We're All Involved in This Mess, Enclave Lab, Deptford. April

2016:

Canned Laughs; a natural high, RCA PS1. January

Stewarts Law RCA Secret 2016, RCA Dyson Building. April

Sweat, Camden Arts Centre, Camden. April

RCA Degree Show 2016. June

 

2015:

Cityscapes, Ugly Duck, Bermondsey. April

RCA Secret, RCA, Dyson Building, Battersea, London. March

ECA & RCA Show, Edinburgh College of Art, Sculpture Court, Edinburgh. February 

RCA WIP Show, RCA, Sculpture building, Howie Street, London. January 

 

2014:

Hidden Rooms, Venue Ca' Zanardi, Venice. November

RCA Drawing Show, RCA, Sculpture building, Howie Street, London. October 

Conspire; Home, 47/49 Tanner Street, London. March

 

2007-2013

Start 13:The New Industrialists, Bermondsey Project Space, London. February 2013

Annual Open 28, Cafe Gallery Project, London. November 2012

Morphology, Pop-Up Gallery London. September 2009

For My Part, James Taylor Gallery, London. October 2008

To Take A Way (One), Nolias Gallery, London. July 2007

Central Saint Martins Degree Show, London. June 2007

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