Hazel Cardew

Hazel Cardew
#2 A Linear Language  

Studio 2
6 August to 27 August

Beginning with mark marking, Cardew’s drawing-based practice shifts from one state to another, with notable transitions into sculpture and installation. The work favours high contrast black and white applications with significant attention paid to balance, rhythm and space. In more recent collaborative endeavours, sound and movement are transcribed, or interpreted via drawing, with the role of ‘the line’ slowly being untangled.
It is often within the transition between states that I am most inspired. Different disciplines will ‘speak to' and interpret one other in different ways, and I find this encourages me to further understand the drawing works as a language in itself. 
Theory and research in movement notation, graphic scores, improvisation and chance operations are all influential. The work is pushing for a more immersive and dynamic experience of drawing, and often reflects back the persistent order of nature.
During her residency period at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre Hazel Cardew (UK) will continue developing her drawing-based practice in a new project - 'A Linear Language’. This project aims to examine the edges between drawing and movement, approached through exploration of scores and research in dance notation and instructional drawing.
This will include collaborative work with aerialist and artist Emily Aoibheann (IRE) which will begin remotely from January 2022 and build on previous work with musicians. Through creative exchange ranging from dialogue to shared studio practice, this collaboration will explore drawing as instruction for movement, and vice-versa, as the artists move between instruction and interpretation, closing the space between composer and performer.
Cardew has received an award from Arts Council Wales and an Uillinn Studio Residency Award to continue her research at Uillinn in August 2022 alongside the 'Beyond Drawing' Exhibition.

To support this project, Cardew will be holding open studio days, including a drop-in demo day for the public to view drawing processes. There will also be an artist talk and public presentation of collaborative work with Emily Aoibheann to be announced.

Hazel Cardew graduated with a first class honours BA in Fine Arts from the University of Gloucestershire in 2012. She then spent 2 years in Japan where she absorbed a culture filled with minimal aesthetics and a written language that puts mark making at its’ forefront. Here, Cardew joined the Tokyo Digital Artists Group, exploring mark making with light through long exposure photography and exhibiting in Tokyo in 2015. A move to South Wales then led to her first solo show Of Line and Structure at Elysium Gallery in 2019. Cardew currently lives and works in Swansea, South Wales.

July 17 to August 7, 2021 (remote)
#1 A Linear Language

What happens in the transition between two states? How do different disciplines ‘speak to' and interpret one another, and what does this say about the way in which we communicate? By exploring the boundaries and expectations of drawing, transitional bonds may be formed between sensory information and the page. Whilst sensory and visual features can appear unconnected,  many intrinsic links await to be revealed.

In this first or a two part residency with Uillinn, visual artist Hazel Cardew (Wales, UK) embarks on a research project, 'A Linear Language' seeking to explore drawing as visual communication or instruction for other outlets such as sound and movement. The project will involve collaborative exploration with dance and performance artists, alongside research grounded in graphic scoring and the principals of structure, both on and off the page.

Cardew’s practice is rooted in drawing and focused on mark-making through minimalist aesthetics, finding harmony and balance within composition. Drawings maintain a sense of repetition, rhythm and space, with notable transitions into sculpture and installation. In her 3D drawing installations, Cardew’s work pushes for a more immersive and dynamic experience of mark making.

In a two part online engagement 7 & 12 August, Hazel invites participants to explore Graphic scores, an experimental way of depicting or recording sound, movement or even stories. They can work as a guide, instruction or map for performers to respond to. They can also be a response or recording of a place or action. It is a wonderfully creative way to convey sensory experiences – through drawing, anything can be notated.

Hazel Cardew graduated with a first class honours BA in Fine Arts from the University of  Gloucestershire in 2012. She has since exhibited in UK and international group shows, completing her first solo show Of Line and Structure at Elysium Gallery in 2019. Cardew currently lives and works in South West Wales and will be embarking on her first international residency at the Uillinn: West  Cork Arts Centre. Supported by Arts Council Wales, Cardew will be conducting remote activities this year and in person during summer 2022.

Cardew has received an award from Arts Council Wales and an Uillinn Studio Residency Award to continue her research at Uillinn in August 2022 alongside the 'Beyond Drawing' Exhibition.

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WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible. 

Image: Study from Of Line & Structure

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