About Caroline Sharp
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"Much of my woven and ceramic work is strongly influenced by natural form, containment and movement. More recently I have explored ideas in response to the craft of charcoal burning and my autobiographical journey in relation to walking the land and the memory of place."
I was born in London in 1958 and have had a thirty year career as a landscape architect/urban designer. I am also an established artist and maker, graduating with BSc. Hons. in Geography from University College London and then Birmingham Polytechnic and Oxford Brookes University at
post-graduate level in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design.
Public commissions for site-specific installations, in which the importance of form and context are paramount, have been a large part of my practice. In my current small scale sculptural and assemblage pieces, I take the natural world as my starting point using a variety of grown and gathered natural materials including my own charcoal, clay, chalk, willow, poplar, birch, hazel, dogwood stems and leaves.
Much of my woven and ceramic work is strongly influenced by natural form, containment and movement. More recently I have explored ideas in response to the craft of charcoal burning and my autobiographical journey in relation to walking the land and the memory of place. I am currently exploring the use of both clay and wood in creating small scale abstract sculptural vessels. My main focus is on sustainability and treading the land gently.
As Simon Olding said - speaking at the opening of solo exhibition Vessel and Seed in 2009 ‘Caroline Sharp brings a quiet, discerning poise to her work. Her willow sculpture and sculptural vessels take the natural world as a starting point. The air still breathes through this craft, a reminder of both transience and permanence.’ Solo exhibitions have included at The Crafts Study Centre, UCA, Farnham, Surrey in 2014; Walford Mill, Wimborne, Dorset and Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset, both in 2009.
Public commissions have included outdoor installations for Arts NK Lincoln; Artsreach Dorset; the Crafts Study Centre Farnham; Bournemouth University; Hilliers Garden Romsey and Dorset County Hospital. Several pieces of work are in public collection at the Wellbeing Centre, Bournemouth University. I am a member of Contemporary Applied Arts London and The Devon Guild of Craftsmen.