Statement on the prints for Clay Street Press
The series of six prints made in the summer of 2011 extends my interest in book illustration from the 19th century and the early 20th century. In this series I have looked at the work of J.J. Grandville from the “Les Fleurs Animées”. These works use detailed line and pattern to invent a contemporary drawing vocabulary in reference to the intensely rendered imagery of their originals. The prints are a response to looking at the illustrated works and become a starting point for my own investigations. Referencing these earlier drawings allows me to explore aspects of perception and legibility, the physical qualities of drawn marks, repetition, and the materiality of images on paper. I have looked at the work of Harry Clarke and Kay Nielson in previous series of drawings.
Carmel Buckley was born in 1956 in Derby, England, and received a BA in sculpture from Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic in 1978. She continued her studies in sculpture at the Escuela de Bellas Artes of Madrid University (1978-80) and the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City (1983-84); she also studied Spanish at the Polytechnic of Central London’s Institute of Linguists (1981). She attended the School of Visual Arts, New York as a Fulbright Fellow, receiving her MFA in sculpture in 1988. She has exhibited in various galleries in Britain and the United States, showing her work at Penine Hart Gallery in Manhattan and TennisportArts in Long Island City in 1996, and most recently at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati. Currently an associate professor of Art at The Ohio State Universiry, she taught in the same department as a visiting artist in 1990 and 1992. She has also taught in the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning through Art program and at Holloway and Pentonville Prisons and
Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic. She received a visual arts fellowship in sculpture from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1989.