CAROL PEACE

December Artist of the Month

We’re delighted to feature Carol Peace, one of Bristol’s most inspiring and prolific sculptors as our first Artist of the Month.

Carol Peace studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art and drawing at The Prince’s Drawing School. She has obtained numerous commissions both public and private and solo shows in London, Athens, Zurich, France, Spain and Holland. In 2007 she co-founded the Bristol Drawing School and was the artistic director for four years.

She is a sculptor who could not work without drawing. The process of drawing, that intuitive response, is in part what she aims for in her work.  She sculpts in clay, which like charcoal is quick to make marks with, once finished it is cast into bronze or iron resin when those fluid marks of the making are then fixed.

"Carol Peace’s figures inhabit an inner world of self-reflection. She derives her knowledge of the human body from detailed life drawings but when she models them in clay the figures come from her imagination reaching beyond mere depiction. With their delicately balanced forms and rock like plinths they invite the viewer to mediate on the human condition, the step from adolescence to adult hood or the vulnerability of a mother and child."
Elspeth Moncrieff 2007

We're offering the chance to buy four of her moving iron-resin figures made exclusively for Bristol24/7, her response to Bristol’s complex and ever-changing character. These will be editions of 120 and can be bought individually, in pairs or all four together.

The special price of these sculptures has been set by Carol in order to support this project and a charity that carries out very important work in the city.

Her charity of choice is St Mungo’s Broadway, who provides Bristol’s vulnerable and homeless people with hostel accommodation, support and a range of health and recovery services. 

We asked Carol to give us some words about her and the inspiration for this work:

Background

I have lived in Bristol, making sculpture, for nearly 25 years, it makes me feel old to say it but it also makes me feel good. My works have travelled a lot, all around the world and I have travelled a little. I have tried living in London and Barcelona but always I come back to Bristol, to home.

I was asked by B24/7 to do a sculpture for the December issue of the magazine it made me think if Bristol were a person what would he/she be like. But of course Bristol is too many things to be one person.   

I have lived in Bristol, making sculpture, for nearly 25 years, it makes me feel old to say it but it also makes me feel good. My works have travelled a lot, all around the world and I have travelled a little. I have tried living in London and Barcelona but always I come back to Bristol, to home.

I was asked by B24/7 to do a sculpture for the December issue of the magazine it made me think if Bristol were a person what would he/she be like. But of course Bristol is too many things to be one person.   

Bristol: it’s about connections.

It’s about the possibilities of a look, a gesture, a word. A muscle tenses, a lip curls into a smile. That can’t be done with the blip blip of faceless metal, of instant stuff. Connections are about time, life bumps into life here and friendships can happen. A friendly word from one lightens the day of another. Bristol has even created its own money for this, a conversation that goes round our community, it circulates, it builds and it connects people, it’s simple.

We are a city with a dark past but we are built on hills of an older history and seasons change. We are independent, we are different individuals but as each lung fills and each heart beats we are the same.

The one is many. The city is made of villages, ghettos of the like minded. But here each spills over into the next and trickles through arteries of trains and buses and bikes and we are a collective. The moon shines, the river swells and covers the muddy banks that divide our city, north and south. But it’s only geography and in Bristol we have many bridges.

We are all alone but collectively we are strong, we have attitude because we have something to fight for and we believe in each other. We are not a takeover town. Together we are Bristol 24/7.

Carol Peace Nov 2015