Hazel Cardew graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Gloucestershire in 2012 and has since participated in group shows in the UK and internationally. She was Artist in Residence at the Glynn Vivian Gallery Swansea in 2018 and had her first solo show last year with Elysium Gallery. This year she will be embarking on her first internationally residency with the support of Arts Council Wales.
Arts Foundation Degree Stourbridge College 2009,
BA Fine Arts (1st Class Hons) University of Gloucestershire 2012.
Greenwich Decorative Fine Arts Society (GDFAS) Travel Award Grant 2011 (Prague)
Full artist statement
Rooted in drawing and focused on mark-making and minimalist aesthetics, I seek to create harmony and balance in my compositions. I use limited marks in each piece with limited to no colour to intensify and fully appreciate the subtleties of form and line.
Having realised a passion for minimalism and mark-making during academic study, my practice has become refined in appearance, but much broader in its exploration. I describe my practice as drawing based as it nearly always begins as marks on paper, however the final product can be varied in media.
After completing my degree, I spent time in Japan where I absorbed a culture filled with minimal aesthetics and a written language that puts mark making at its’ forefront. It was here I discovered how I could make marks with light through long exposure photography and was able to exhibit this body of work in a group show in Tokyo in 2015.
When I moved to South West Wales, I joined Elysium Studios. Here I had the space and support to examine drawing as an immersive experience. I made my first 3D drawing installation in Elysium's’ testbed space in 2017, which laid the groundwork for a reiteration of this piece for a solo show in March 2019. These installations are 3D drawings, which encourage the viewer to move around the space, discovering a new drawing from each new viewpoint.
I am inspired to move beyond the traditional boundaries of drawing, often moving between 2D, 3D and installation works. Pattern, rhythm and a sense of 3D space can be found within the drawings and the potential for the work to construct, communicate, and connect is currently driving my passion for exploration.
Communication and language have felt more important to the work in recent years. I have recently been exploring my drawings as graphic scores, collaborating with other creative professionals by using my work as a ‘visual language’ for musicians to work from. This came from a surprising ancestral discovery of my family connection to Cornelius Cardew, an experimental music composer who was influenced by John Cage in the 1960s and produced many graphic scores and drawings, which have thereafter, inspired many artists working in a variety of fields.
From this, I seek to create a more immersive and dynamic experience of drawing to an audience, and open up a dialogue about what drawing is, what it could be, and how the crossing-over of disciplines can achieve this.