CAROLYN CURTIS MAGRI
My work includes small sculptures and paintings, huge drawings and some digital photography. It is informed by forensic processes.
The continuity in my art is informed by my surroundings and my connection with my materials (Ashcroft 2020). I come from an academic art background and I do a lot of reading. This informs my work. I live in Heptonstall. My studio is in Hebden Bridge. I used to live in the city.
“Another move. This time from city to wilderness. I am seduced by village life. It holds me completely in its grasp. My desire to belong is visceral. I am an in-comer, a stranger. Sylvia Plath rests with me here. I am drawn to her ‘purr’. I find myself repeating the word under my breath. I wrap it around me and work with it. Treetops are velvet as I walk to the studio” (Carolyn Curtis Magri 2019 diary entry).
I started visiting Sylvia Plath’s grave in the New Churchyard in Heptonstall a year ago. Grave tributes are perhaps evidence of a need to belong – to something or to someone – traces of a desire to connect – to the self, to someone else, to society, to culture, to a historical and literary past and present. The work I am exhibiting this year as part of Hebden Bridge Open Studios 2020 includes drawings and Snap Seed double exposure images inspired by the tributes.
My studio is in Linden Mill – light and big – I make huge detailed drawings there.
My materials are – pencil, felt tip, pastels, watercolours, acrylics on paper and fabric. I am very much a hands-on artist thinking now that as everything goes virtual, everything that can be touched will become craft.