Carolyn Parton

b.1964

Carolyn Parton is primarily a sculptural painter, innovatively extending the medium through her exploration of paint as physical matter; embedded with memory.

Her research article ‘Extended Traces: Tracking the impact of painter upon environment’ was published in 2010.

Collecting spent paint — particularly that which has a backstory — from local housepainters to acclaimed international artists, she develops methods to reclaim this paint, incorporating it as a remnant of environment and history.

Like an archeologist Parton’s explores crucial moments of human evolution to understand who we are in the present, as we stand at the cusp of an environmental challenge that will determine our legacy. Her sculpted paint cascades, landscapes of cosmic paint dust particles, stratified paint fragment installations, paint cloth mosaics with pallet remnants and clustered jewel like paint tubes, become the archive.

Her most recent project is influenced by the current debate in South Africa around decolonisation. Exploring this moment has led to her taking apart the works from books that were a part of her art studies over decades – cutting, and re-arranging them. The project is part of an ongoing process of re-thinking her sociocultural/environmental context.

Parton holds an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design, Cape Town University of Technology and a Bachelor of art in Fine Art (cum laude) from the University of South Africa, 2008. Her solo exhibitions include Emergence (1997), Release (2009) and This Remembering Land (2015). She has taken part in numerous group exhibitions throughout South Africa and in London and Rome. Her work is included in permanent collections such as Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art, University of Cape Town, University of South Africa and The Constitutional Court of South Africa. Prior to practising full time as an artist, she worked as a creative director in the design industry. She was born in Cape Town where she lives and works.

Carolyn Parton

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10x 12@SA group exhibition in Venice

10x 12@SA group exhibition in Venice

Carolyn Parton
News
29 Apr 2015

The 10x 12@SA group exhibition, Imago Mundi, will open at the Giorgio Cini Foundation on the 28th August during the Venice biennale ...

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Carolyn Parton interviewed on Bloomberg TV

Carolyn Parton interviewed on Bloomberg TV

Carolyn Parton
Interviews
10 Apr 2015

 http://www.bloombergtvafrica.com/video/africa-trending-turning-waste-art/  

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Exhibitions

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Turbine Art Fair 2017

Turbine Art Fair 2017

Neill Wright, Slimen El Kamel, Ralph Ziman, Carolyn Parton , Vivien Kohler, Nú Barreto
Cape Town
14 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017

The Turbine Art Fair (TAF17) brought to you by The Forum Company, returns to the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown from 14th – 16th ...

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Turbine Art Fair 2017

Turbine Art Fair 2017

Neill Wright, Slimen El Kamel, Ralph Ziman, Carolyn Parton , Vivien Kohler, Nú Barreto
Publication
12 Jul 2017

The Turbine Art Fair (TAF17) brought to you by The Forum Company, returns to the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown from 14th – 16th ...

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