Fiona Love spoke to Artist Carolyn Curtis Magri before her latest exhibition ‘Lost and Found’ happening at The David Wright Gallery, this Sunday 2pm – 4pm.
What is your background?
I am of English/Maltese heritage. I have an academic background in Art and Design – BA (Hons) Painting 1991 from Manchester Metropolitan, MA Art and Design 1993 from Sheffield Hallam, M. Phil (Fine Art) 2003 from Manchester Metropolitan. I have been a member of various studio groups Bankley Studios and Gallery in Levenshulme Manchester, Suit Studios in Salford, 3rd Floor Gallery and Studios in Manchester and now Artsmill Hebden Bridge. I have taught a variety of different subject areas in colleges of further education and five different prisons since 2004.
What is my exhibition about?
‘It is about things lost and found. The first part of the exhibition relates to Malta as a home, both real and imagined. The second relates to time lost when someone is incarcerated in a prison but that time is found again through creativity. The third relates to the ‘lost and found’ of forensics.’
How long have I been doing the research for the exhibition?
What inspires my work?
Currently, anything to do with crime and forensics.
What or who has influenced me in my career?
Different artists and writers at different times. Relating to this exhibition – Leonardo Da Vinci, Mary Fedden, Frans Wilderberg, Deana Petherbridge, Cornelia Parker, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Richard Forster, Raqib Shaw and Pavel Buchler. Writers, Michel Foucault, Erich Fromm, Patricia Cornwell, Ben Myers, Val McDermid
What can we expect to see in the exhibition?
Paintings, drawings and traces of crime
Preview is Sunday 18th of February 2pm – 4pm. The exhibition is on till March 11th.