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Exhibited at public art gallery Saatchi, London as part of 'Transfiguration' exhibition, 2018.

Carnell specialises in hand stitched leather wall coverings, applied with gilded wire and brushed gold. Each piece is created meticulously by hand over
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Anita Carnell
Chance of Seven - leather and gold wall mounted panel by Anita Carnell

2016

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Exhibited at public art gallery Saatchi, London as part of 'Transfiguration' exhibition, 2018. Carnell specialises in hand stitched leather wall coverings, applied with gilded wire and brushed gold. Each piece is created meticulously by hand over weeks, engaging traditional techniques mastered during her time studying for a Diploma in technical hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework (2014). However, her work goes far beyond skilled craft alone. It is her conceptual approach to her work as an artist (she was awarded an MA from Camberwell School of Arts, 2016 and has shown at the prestigious Saatchi London) that distinguishes her. When viewing each piece we are drawn in by its bold design, first reading it as abstract artwork and only as we get closer do we then appreciate her craftsmanship in realising it, engaging as she does materials of significance to British heritage (in particular the golden wyre with which she embroiders, this being used by Royalty, Livery Companies and Guilds for over three centuries) and traditional techniques (such as couching). It was a visit to an exhibition of Japanese art at the Ashmolean “Threads of Silk and Gold” that proved seminal to the development of Carnell’s work. She was struck by two panels on display which incorporated a technique known as blank space or margin (there is no direct translation from the word Japanese word ‘Ma’ that encapsulates it). It is the necessity of a void or space for all things to exist (such as the necessity of pause between words or space between objects). In Japanese art it is demonstrated by exercise in restraint and minimalism to allow freedom for contemplation of what does exist. This idea became central in the development of Carnell’s work. Interwoven with these sources of inspiration is the process of stitching and forming which, being a rhythmical action, creates a meditative state in the artist, in turn leading her and us to an understanding of symbiotic connections in the world, of the visible and invisible, of time and our experience of it, of the notion of chance. The result is that her work is not just the perfect symbiosis of art and craftsmanship, but that we the viewer are transfigured in mind as we inevitably find ourselves pausing in our busy lives to contemplate her work.

Details

  • Artist
    Anita Carnell (1956, British)
  • Creation Year
    2016
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 58.27 in. x W 38.59 in. x D 0.4 in.H 148 cm x W 98 cm x D 1 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Shaftesbury, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU1032588323
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