Charys Wilson

Still Life

I’m an artist from the North Coast of Ireland, currently studying my MFA at Ulster University.

I have been intrigued with making works based on the phenomenon of perception, how people perceive certain things, what they consider to be worthy or not worthy of their time/appreciation. We all see the same things, but our associations and outlook affect how we perceive them, I want to share my own personal perception. I have always had a fascination with the overlooked, underappreciated, seemingly banal aspects of nature.

Over the past few years my work has focused on society’s modern-day relationship with nature, how we are becoming more disconnected from nature.

This series of works titled ‘Still Life’ consists of several large-scale drawings created using conté crayon and ink, they were drawn using a negative format, by building layers of dense black conte the form and shape of the insects are revealed, the white highlights of light are untouched white paper, no white was added to these works

These images in which dead insects are dramatically lit, aim to create a sense of empathy, drama and appreciation. Areas of detail juxtaposed/ contrasted with areas of quiet space, where fragility and absence coexist.

The finger marks seen within the conté crayon echoed mankind’s mark being left on nature.

To go along with these drawings, I’ve planned a large-scale installation. A box frame lined with black material in which the viewer can be immersed with a fluorescent tube light coming down to about eye level.

Beneath the light would be a black rectangular podium the same dimensions as the light.

The podium would be built to finish at a level just a few inches below the light, the podium would contain a thin layer of water in which the light above would be reflected.

Within the light panel would be scattered dead insects, only easily visible in the water’s reflection.

This piece would aim  to encourage viewers to reflect  on the current situation, as well as showing the precariousness we are facing, suggested by the juxtaposition of the electricity being close to the water.

The podium placed within a darkened room could echo a sarcophagus, with the thin strip of light focusing our attention on the reflected and delicate forms of the insects above.


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