Carol Peace @ Broomhill
We have asked the artist to provide a statement about their work, an edited personal history, and a selection of exhibitions and commissions. The content here is entirely their words and selection. Works illustrated here have been chosen by the artist.
The works shown on this page are not necessarily on display at Broomhill.
Some other works by Carol Peace
The Artist Speaks
“My work has always been concerned with human form and I have always used clay. The pace of the sculpture is defined by the texture. Rough textures and lines emulate rhythms of movement while detailed work creates a feeling of stillness and intimacy.
“It is the clay that I love, but I also like the idea of changing something so fluid and fragile into something that will last forever. I cast the work into bronze or iron resin and the patina, often dark in the low-lights and light on the highlights, can help define the form.
“I have always relied on life drawing and is something I have fallen back on over and over, not just for its informative values but the fact it trips you up with the sheer difficulty of it. The struggle of just trying to capture what is in front of you honestly without technique or gimmick is healthy. Working in clay has similar qualities to the charcoal and oils; you can work with speed as you can with charcoal, forms are found, often changed over and over and sometimes lost. Sometime I work in clay slowly similar to how I use oils; the work is less impulsive and more precise.
“My inspiration is from everyday life occurrences, feelings, the way people behave and react towards one another. I realized rather naively and embarrassingly recently that my feelings, aspirations and desires are in fact the same as everyone’s and that it is in fact themselves that they relate to in my work and therefore it is I guess ok to be personal.”