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Celia de Serra
updated: 08/14/2014
website: www.celiadeserra.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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The Gatekeeper
Terra Firma
The Dad Tree
Summer Nights
Isabella
Still Here
Plantation 324
Flux
Wild Wood 2
The Dark Woods
 
Portfolio Keywords:  nature, obsessive, organic, landscape, narrative, figurative, memory, identity
 
 
The Gatekeeper by Celia de Serra
The Gatekeeper
Charcoal on Fabriano
2014
22 " x  29.9 " 
Terra Firma by Celia de Serra
Terra Firma
Pencil on Strathmore
2014
5.5 " x  8.26 " 
The Dad Tree by Celia de Serra
The Dad Tree
Pencil on Strathmore
2014
5.5 " x  8.2 " 
Summer Nights by Celia de Serra
Summer Nights
Pencil on Fabriano
2014
5.5 " x  8.26 " 
Isabella by Celia de Serra
Isabella
Pencil on Strathmore
2013
11 " x  12.9 " 
Still Here by Celia de Serra
Still Here
Pencil on Strathmore
2014
5.5 " x  8.26 " 
Plantation 324 by Celia de Serra
Plantation 324
Pencil on Fabriano
2012
5.5 " x  8.26 " 
Flux by Celia de Serra
Flux
Pencil on Fabriano
2012
8.26 11.3 " x  12.59 17.4 " 
Wild Wood 2 by Celia de Serra
Wild Wood 2
Pencil on Fabriano
2011
8.8 " x  12.8 " 
The Dark Woods by Celia de Serra
The Dark Woods
Pencil on Fabriano
2010
7.5 " x  12.6 " 

Artist Statement
My focus on drawing trees began incidentally to a project I had been working on describing paths and tracks.  These structures seemed stylistically useful for image composition and they threw up interesting ideas including notions of narrative via journeys.  It then became apparent that these journeys were leading me imaginatively back to an early preoccupation I had with the lives and stories of Northern European woodlands.

Woodlands are crammed full of visual ideas. They are dynamic spaces broken by chaotic forms and shifting light; a curious sense of stillness and movement, space and enclosure.  There is too much information here for the brain/eye to process, it demands attention and time and to be captured somehow, and I am reminded of the 'Desert Seen' series by Lee Friedlander. His images of Cacti and tree stumps are a faithful and forensic record, and become something quite entirely 'other'. 

The 'point' of a pencil is subliminally incisive, more so than painting, and more akin to photography perhaps; an unravelling and remaking of each tiny piece of the image, bringing a closer affinity to the woodland subject matter.  The process of drawing sparks a greater capacity for sensitivity and involvement, a deepness of tone or lightness of touch in pristine monochrome, unconfused by a cloak of colour.  Like a photograph, the image is a fragment preserved and springs from an urge to preserve, but something else too - a thing in itself, a soulful experiment in mark-making, tone and form.

My eye is the lens with which I choose to shift and tilt perspective, my intention being to re-frame and re-see the forest, to challenge how we see things and our relationship with our environment.  As Paul Caponigro says:  'Photography is a medium, a language, through which I might come to experience directly, live more closely with, the interaction between myself and nature'.


Artist Bio / CV

Born: Canterbury, UK, 1973

Education

1992-95 Exeter University, BA Fine Art and English Literature
1991-92 Newcastle University, Fine Art

Solo Exhibitions
 
2014
Out of the Woods, Two person show, Allsop gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset
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2013
Understories/Overstories, Two person show, The Art Stable, Dorset.
 
2012
Recent Drawings  Silk Top Hat Gallery, Ludlow Shropshire

2011
Understories  Celia Lendis Contemporary art, Moreton in Marsh, Glocs
 
Recent Drawings and Paintings Silk Top Hat Gallery, Ludlow, Shropshire

Take care of the senses and the sounds will take care of themselves
Dorset County Hospital, Arts in Hospitals, Dorchester, Dorset

Take care of the senses and the sounds will take care of themselves
The Art Stable, Dorset
 
2005
Pit-stops & Beauty Spots Dorset County Hospital - Arts in Hospitals programme

Selected Group Exhibitions
 
2014
Artists of Fame and Promise, Beaux Arts gallery, Bath.
 
Under the Greenwood: Picturing British Trees,  Gerald Moore gallery, London.
 
2013
Under the Greenwood: Picturing British Trees - Present.
St Barbe Museum, Hants.
 
Christmas show, Denise Yapp Contemporary, Monmouth
 
Understories/Overstories, Recent Drawings and Paintings. 2 Person exhibition.
 
The Art Stable Gallery, Child Okeford, Dorset 
 
2012
Christmas Show, Silk Top Hat Gallery, Ludlow, Shropshire
 
Gallery Artists, The Art Stable, Dorset
 
2011
Women Artists, Celia Lendis Contemporary, Glocs
 
A Few of our Favorite Things, Dorset County Hospital, Dorset

2010
A Few of our Favourite Things,  Dorset County Hospital, Dorset
 
Christmas Show Silk Top Hat Gallery, Ludlow, Shropshire

2009
Mixed Show The Art Stable, Dorset
 
2008
Autumn Show Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Winchester 
 
2007
Autumn Show Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Winchester
 
Collections and Commissions

Yeovil District Hospital, Somerset
Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester
Nagan Johnson Design, London
Hoy-Williams Design, London

Awards
 
2012
Oppenheim - John Downes Memorial Trust Award
 
2010
Oppenheim - John Downes Memorial Trust Award

Publications
 
2013
Under the Greenwood: Picturing the British Tree from Kurt Jackson to Constable. Sansom & Co 208pp 
 
2012
What to Buy, The Week, 17th March

2010 
The Public Catalogue Foundation - Somerset