Artists Statement

Picture of Carolyn StubbsA great influence in my work is a love of the natural world. When depicting birds, I often use fine slivers of sculpted paper to reflect their fragility and vulnerability. When photographing landscapes, I find that overlooked and sometimes inaccessible spaces, such as muddy estuaries have a feeling of 'otherworldliness' and purity to them. I am particularly fascinated by the ephemeral nature of such places that are infuenced by the tide. Delicate bird tracks tracing patterns on surfaces of glistening 'mudscapes',* catching a moment in time, that will never be the same again, a brief glimpse of a mudscape soon to be submerged and lost forever.

(* Mudscapes a word I created to describe shapes carved naturally into mud by tidal forces).

I feel that by sculpting out fine slivers of paper, this reflects the fragility and vulnerability of our wildlfe.

Art Related Education

BA (Hons)  Art & Visual Culture (University of the West of England 2004-2007)    
Collagraph Workshop - Spike Island Print Studios Bristol (2007)
BTEC Graphic Design – Merit (Brunel College Bristol 1993-5)
Pitmans I.T. Diploma Passed with Distinction

Selected Exhibitions & Commissions

Picture of Carolyn Stubbs2016    World Citizen Artists – published article on
            peace with accompanying artwork
2016    Created book jacket cover for Bristol Fiction
            Writers Group
2015    Article on finding magic in unexpected
            places (link to article)
2015    Love the Future – Live art at Bristol Waterfront,
            Bristol European Green Capital 2015
2012    New York Art Takes Times Square – One
            Piece of work (Sculpted paper birds) exhibited
2011    Mounts Bay Contemporary Penzance
            'Dipping into Nature'
2010    Newlyn Artists  –  Newlyn Art Gallery
2010    NEWA National Exhibition of Wildlife Art - Wirral
2010    The Wildlife Art Society International –
            Secrets of the riverbed (Photography)          
2009    Royal West of England Art Academy Autumn Open
2008    Royal West of England Art Academy’s first
            photography exhibition – ‘Carol’
2007    The Aesthetics of Mud – Spike Island
2006/7 Art Not Oil (Touring & Web) http://www.artnotoil.org.uk
2006    Black Swan Open Arts Exhibition  - Photography
2006    Royal West of England Academy 4x4 Friends Exhibition
2005    RWA Friends Annual Exhibition  ‘Knocking on Wood’ collage
2005/6 Bristol Bridges Rivers Touring Exhibition - Photography
2005    University of the West of England, Spike Island ‘Classy Exhibition’
2001    Gatley on-line Gallery – ‘Yesterday, Today, the Future…'
2001    Create Centre Bristol  – Solo environmental exhibition
2000    Architecture Centre Bristol   - Solo environmental exhibition

Published Artwork

2013    Bare Hill Publishing UK - a selection of work chosen to be included in the Art Book             Sculpture and 3D


Finalist BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009 – 'Night Flight' (Owl Collage)
Wessex Watermark National Award – Awarded by Sir David Bellamy & the Conservation Foundation
Royal Society of Arts - Collage from environmental art exhibition published on their website.
Ecologist Magazine 'Worth seeing is the refreshingly irony-free postmodern exhibition'.
Metsa Serla Paper Manufacturers - Award given for entry into National Design competition to create a range of stationery.
Konika Photographic Films - Award received for front cover picture on ‘Living Tavistock’ book
Congratulatory letter from Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore on the environmental art work 'Yesterday, Today, the Future…'

2011 Wedding image and poem