gizella k warburton Leicestershire, United Kingdom
‘trace and echo...mark and resonance...materiality and meaning...' Abstract mixed media wall works, sculptural pieces and installations include works on slate and weathered wood grounds
The work has a raw and simple materiality grounded in resonant and sensory experience of place. Layers of detail are revealed or hidden as light and shadow pass across and through surfaces, echoing the transience of emotional and physical landscape. Abstract compositions evolve through the tactile and contemplative process of drawing with paper, cloth and thread. Some sculptural vessels emerge as simple bowls, others become more anthropomorphic and totemic in form.Their making involves a series of ritual processes; wrapping, binding, layering, piercing, knotting, stitching and suturing and burning. The burnishing, staining, abrading, shadowing and marking of surfaces continues the dialogue I quietly have with each piece, and that which it has in relation to others within a series.
Studies include a BA Hons Degree in Printed, Woven and Constructed Textiles, Manchester School of Art and a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Practice, University of Derby. I was Artist in Residence at Coventry War Memorial Park, 2010-2011, for ‘Craftspace’, UK . Alongside the making of my own exhibition work, I have been commissioned to deliver numerous creative learning projects in partnership with Galleries and Museums and Heritage organisations, as well as workshops in the UK, Australia and the US. A member of ‘Contemporary Applied Arts’ in London, through which a piece has been acquired for the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and represented in the US by Browngrotta Arts, who present museum-quality contemporary artworks by artists working for the most part in fiber. International exhibitions include;
2020 - Volume 50:Chronicling Fiber Art for Three Decades, Browngrotta Arts 2019 - Art + Identity, Browngrotta Arts, US 2018 - China Craft Week, Hangzhou, China 2018 - Design Nation Showcase, London Craft Week 2018 - Blue/Green, Browngrotta Arts, US 2017 - New Member Showcase, Contemporary Applied Arts, London 2017 - ‘Still Crazy…’, Browngrotta Arts, US 2016 - ‘Craftforms’, US 2016 - ‘Miniartextil’, Arte&Arte, Italy 2016 - ‘Fibre Arts International’, US 2015 - SOFA, Chicago, Browngrotta Arts, US 2015 - ‘Influence and Evolution’, Browngrotta Arts, US 2015 - ‘pinpoint II’, One Church Street Gallery, UK 2014 - ‘Architextur’elles’, France 2014 - ‘Maison&Objet’, ‘Craft - Ateliers Des Arts’, Paris