Caro Halford / 45 / South West London / Mixed Media Artist
Tell us a bit about the work you are exhibiting with us?
‘I Keep Losing Balance’ is about being scrutinised as an artist and maker and viewer of art in an academic environment and gallery context. It all stems from critics here at Goldsmiths. The whole process of studying at college and the ambiguity of being scrutinised by others and how this makes you feel. These colleges and text are part of a series which I am making for my final show for the MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths. I hope to incorporate more spoken text and performance.
How would you describe your approach to making art?
My approach is kick ass so quite a clunky and awkward feel to these collages which I have achieved by doing a lot of of cutting and pasting, some of which see the light of day and some that don’t. I then write a lot in relation to the collages, then I collate the two together which end up being some form of a narrative and possibly a performative part to the works through spoken text.
What do you do when you’re procrastinating?
Running, watching a lot of films and listening to music.
How/When/Where do you do your work?
I normally work within the workshops at Goldsmiths and generally have tutorials at my studio at ASC next to Iceland which is situated next to New Cross Gate Tube. If not at college I spend a lot of time staying up late in my studio reading and writing till the early hours of the morning, normally till at least 1 am to 2 am most evenings. Its the only way to keep up with being an art student here at college! Currently I am making a large tufted wall piece based on one of my collages and also doing some screen printing at college too. The Workshops are amazing here at Goldsmiths and going to miss them big time when I finish in August 2016.
Do you have another job outside of making art?
Yes printmaking and commissions. My last commission was just before Christmas for a large Recruitment company which I made two etchings for, and hoping for another one very soon. These commissions I tend to make at London Print Studios, Harrow Road, another amazing place to go and make work and truly inspirational people there too.
In five years time you would like to be…
Finished with studying at Goldsmiths and hopefully doing a Phd here at Goldsmiths , Slade or Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, all dependant on funding for the Phd.
In five years time you will be…
Studying for a Phd, Selling lots of works and no need to work until 2 am every night! I hope?
Final words of advice…
Ambition, talent and a lot of hard work is essential to being a successful artist and knowing the right people!
At the moment I am…
Reading…Marthar Rosler : The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems by Steve Edwards, One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank on Jeff Koons by Michael Archer, The Anti-Aesthetic Essays on POSTMODERN CULTURE by Hal Foster and The Intangibilities of Form by John Roberts.
Listening to…The Savages and remembering David Bowie.
Watching…Fargo and Twin Peaks again!
Looking at… Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer and Sophie Calle.
We can find you at…carohalford.com