Carol Wilhide Justin
In her RCA Degree show Carol is exhibiting ‘The Fold of the Sea’. Gilles Deleuze described a fold as ‘the inside [being]…an operation of the outside…an inside which is merely the fold of the outside, as if the ship were a folding of the sea’. In Carol’s print wood grain and water are folded together using the template for solar panels devised by Japanese astrophycist Koryo Miura.
Her series of three large woodcuts are entitled ‘No More’, ‘Meanwhile’ and ‘Not Yet’. ‘Meanwhile’ can be seen as a time without any points. Carol was drawn to the idea of creating a work in woodcut that shows movement and time, perhaps seen as past, present and future where the present is as Agamben says ‘the ungraspable threshold between ‘not yet’ and no more’.
Carol was awarded a residency to study Japanese woodcut in Japan from japanese senseis. Her woodcuts are made using the mokuhanga technique where water-based pigments are used instead of the more traditional Western oil based inks. This lends the prints a more nuanced quality where the woodgrain can subtly show through the layers of paint. The use of monochrome is a means of transforming the original image, distilling it to its essential truth and meaning.
School of Fine Art
MA Print, 2017
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Carol Wilhide Justin makes woodcut prints from her own digital photographs. The camera’s ‘decisive moment’ and the woodcut’s lengthy reinterpretation of the same image are combined allowing the character of her subjects to be crystallised in an atmospheric and emotional way. Memory, as narrative, as emotional truth, as time and in its fallibility lies at the heart of all her work. In a world increasingly driven by the digital, Carol’s work celebrates a belief in the haptic and analogue. Woodcuts are time consuming to produce, slow and exacting, built one layer at a time, the result of decision and deliberation.
- BA Graphic Design, Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, 1983; PGCE, University of London, 2001
- Japanese woodcut tutor, Morley College, London (2015–ongoing); InMind facilitator, Royal Academy, London (2012–ongoing); Adult art teacher, Arts Depot, London (2004–ongoing); Workshop leader, The Little Angel Puppet Theatre, London (2005–15)
- 'Multiple' RCA group show, Kingsgate Project Space, London 2017,; 'Output' RCA group show, CPG gallery, London 2017,; 'Beavers' RCA group show, Gasworks gallery, London 2016,; 'Artists as Independent Publishers', Dyson Gallery (touring exhibition), Bremen/ Vienna/ Stockholm/ Bergen/ London 2016,; 'Secret', RCA Kensington, London 2016,; 'Dis Play', Cafe Gallery, London 2016,; Mini prints, Awagami gallery, Japan 2016,; WIP show, RCA Battersea, London 2016,; 'The Masters', Bankside Gallery, London 2015,; 125, Morley Gallery, London 2015,; Solo exhibition, The Nancy Victor Gallery, London 2014,; National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers Spring show, The Menier Gallery, London 2014,; Mokuhanga residency exhibition, CfSHE Gallery, Tokyo 2014,; Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London 2014,; 'Inspired by...', The V&A, London 2014; 'Doubles' Exhibition St. Maur-des-Fosses Paris 2013
- Mokuhanga Residency MI-Lab, Japan 2014,; Matthew White Ridley Printmaking Prize, 2013,; Creativity Prize, Morley College, 2013