Carol Sommer Durham, United Kingdom
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I am a visual artist based in the North East of England. I use film, found objects, installation, text and social media in attempts to engage with the discourses of literature and literary criticism, especially in response to the representation of women.

A lot of my work is driven by an interest in taxonomies and systems of classification. Iris Murdoch's warning that classification can never be more than a serious game; the dangers of the 'questing mind's abhorrence of vacuums', of formlessness, with regards to freedom and human individuality, is something that I endeavour to both trope and resist in my practice a whole.

In my current practice I am intrigued by the experiences of women in the 26 novels written by Dame Iris and published between 1954 and 1995, and to see what results reframing her fictional depictions of these experiences can yield. Applying classification systems to existing bodies of work can generate both illuminations and absurdities and includes strategies associated with conceptual art and conceptual writing such as listing, procedure and chance.

I am interested in what this approach may offer to the critical debate surrounding this particular aspect of the author’s work.


@cartography_for_girls, Instagram meme, 2019


Cartography for Girls An A-Z of Orientations Identified within the Novels of Iris Murdoch, Book, 2016

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From One To The Other, Single Channel Video, 2015


The Sea, The Sea, Single Channel Video, 2018


I Think I'm Happy, She Thought, But Am I Real?, Postcard design, 2019


Projects and exhibitions


The Summer One, Hun North East


Hit The Bar, Middlesbrough Details

I Think I'm Happy, She Thought, But Am I Real?


Gas Contemporary, North Shields Details

Reading As Art

27/08/2016 — 19/11/2016

Curated by Simon Morris

Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Gallery, Bury Details
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