carly seller | selected works

portfolio in support of DYCP application

 

materia medica

A collection of works in progress pulling together textile works and performance. ‘Materia medica’ roughly translates as ‘healing materials’. The materials, natural fabrics, featured have been dyed using foraged plants selected for their potential healing qualities.

Lungs II (2018), soft sculpture on suspended wooden hoop, linen dyed with foraged elderflower, ground ivy and pine with chamomile.

Lungs II (2018), soft sculpture on suspended wooden hoop, linen dyed with foraged elderflower, ground ivy and pine with chamomile.

 
Respire (2018), silk dyed with foraged red clover, ribwort plantain, colt’s foot, rosemary and pine with eyebright and lavender.

Respire (2018), silk dyed with foraged red clover, ribwort plantain, colt’s foot, rosemary and pine with eyebright and lavender.

 

Skin (2018), performance to camera with muslin dyed with foraged red clover, ox-eye daisies and nettle with chamomile

 

breath

Breath (2016), chemigram on silver gelatin photographic paper. Selected for The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017.

Breath (2016), chemigram on silver gelatin photographic paper. Selected for The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017.

After a period of meditation, once the mind is quiet and empty, a circle, the enso, is drawn on the final exhaled breath. This moving meditation is part of the Zen tradition. The stillness of the mind and the rhythm of the breath are expressed through a gesture of the hand.This gesture creates a visual articulation of the out-breath. The enso represents everything and nothing; the universe and the void. Using light-sensitive paper with photographic chemicals expands on the impermanence, imperfection and simplicity that are inherent to the nature of the process.

 

walking

My practice centres on an understanding of landscape based on the Japanese term 'fukei', a word that means 'landscape' but is constructed from two characters which individually translate as 'flow' or 'wind', and 'view': drawing the landscape as a "flowing view" in a constant state of flux. This meaning acts in contrast to the English word 'landscape' which has its origins in the picture of scenery, a static representation that, for me, seems removed from the experience of place. This series represents the felt experience of the landscape. Exposure length determined by the length of my breath as I walk the land. My movements determined by the ground beneath my feet. Light touches film as the camera responds to my body.

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from the series walking (2015-18), c-type photographic print, various sizes.

 

fabric, fluidity & performance art

A 3-day residential project, with a focus on exploring the relationship/s between performance art, land/seascape, textile, and the body. Artist researchers taking part include (in alphabetical order:) Dr. Davina KirkpatrickRochyne Delaney McNultyShelley OwenNatalie RavenDagmar Schwitzgebel and Carly Seller with host & photographer Beth Emily Richards

The workshop facilitated time/space for creative experimentation and experience to unfold, with invitation to explore mutuality and collaborative approaches to performance making. The intensity of the residential workshop whereby participants work/perform, eat, and sleep in close proximity ensures that relational elements in the choreographic process are consciously brought to the fore. It allows participants to respond to time/duration, day/twi/light and the visual change of land/seascape in the aesthetic production, delivery, and documentation of performance incorporating bodies and textiles.