About Caroline

I’m a multimedia artist, concentrating on digital and performance, and now making videos. 

Before that, I had a 30-year career in Public Health and Emergency Medicine, including on the actively volcanic island of Montserrat, and in the Tuberculosis prisons in Siberia

I have a Masters (Distinction) in Islamic Art and Architecture. SOAS 2009 and have travelled extensively in Iran.

I’ve also worked as an historian:
– Following my work on Montserrat,  I transcribed family papers of the Sturges, and transferred them back on-island. Joseph Sturge was an important Quaker abolitionist and activist.
I definitely know that Back Lives Matter!
– In 2008 I exhibited my contemporary photographs of the migration of a Bakhtiari family in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS. It’s on Bakhtiari land that Middle East oil was first found, so – alongside my photos – I also curated an important historical exhibition.
I’m now the virtual curator of Bakhtiari images.

Upcoming:
– November: Exquisite Corpse film: Participant in Sapphire Goss’ curated film, where each artist makes a 30-90 second clip having only seen the last shot of the preceding artist. 
– Late October: (Un)forgotten Flora: Online exhibition under the “Creativity from HOME” experimental residency curated by Co-iki. I’ve chosen to focus on Lemon Trees, and the Persian Oak. See my summary film here and details of other international participants here.

Ongoing art work:
– 14 Sept-14 Oct: Participant in Life Interrupted digital exhibition with SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon). Exploring the pandemic. Images from my Safe as Houses installation are here.
– Weaving with MAKE @Story Garden, Central Saint Martins.
– OneLineLifeLine: Movement and performance with Engage2Stage, including (I’m very excited about this) clowning!
– Active participant with @the_stereognosis_project: An upcoming on-line group exhibition will focus on self-portraits. I’m showing It’s all going Swimmingly
– Active participant with The Mamomi Initiative: Plans for an upcoming in-person exhibition including a reproduction of my Safe as Houses installation
– Active participant in Theatre Director Pathways training by Extant

Recent:
Between 30 Sept-4 Oct: On Ancient Earth: Artist talk at webinar / live event in Alice Springs, Australia, as part of Desert Festival Australia

July: Third Wave: Documentary Video about inequalities and Covid-19:
– Special award for Covid Critique. Plus: Runner up in Bertha Dochouse competition.
– 22 July: Interviewed on Resonance 104.4 FM about this film and my installation. https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/smashing-records-22-july-2020-carolin

1 July: One artist’s experience of the lockdown. Current practice and case studies. Arts, Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group Newsletter, Royal Society pf Public Health, 2020: 1/3;8

1 June: Eye Say Eye Say, Sit down Stand up comedy on Zoom. One of my jokes is the clip on the Extant website. 

March-June 2020; Safe as Houses: #isolationcreation installation with multiple 3-d and collage art pieces crammed in my front room. Images on @caromawer . Related:
– 23 June: Art House Project: Group on-line exhibition of Art in Pandemic times
– 30 May: Malfunction: A One-Minute-Wonder sound piece broadcast by Dexter Bentley;

Mar 2020: Vocalist in group performances of Okwui Okpokwasili’s Sitting on a Mans Head. Tate Tanks. BMW Tate Live. Cancelled due to Covid-19.

Mar 2020: Climate Justice: Workshop leader / lecturer at Whitechapel Ideas Centre. Cancelled due to Covid-19.

Dec 19-Feb 20 Director / Producer for The Giant Green Canary
My first ACE application – to produce a multilingual multicultural climate justice pantomime with six actors, and a ballet chorus of long cane users was declined.
But the learning I got from this was better than any course.  

Dec 19-Jan 20: Insight. Leeds University Art Gallery.
2-d art exhibition by visually impaired artists, including my visual jokes: The Blind Cloning the Blind; and I’m Looking Back at You: a Female Gaze 

Dec 19-Jan 20: A Crash Course in Cloudspotting: Participant. With my rest recorded on an app and shown in an exhibition of lighting effects.
Alongside my short story: A little rest

July 2019: Green Screen Charivari, Live Arts Development Agency, Leeds. Selected as participant in residential project: including set-design and costume creation.

May 2019: Deathbed Skiing, Tara Arts, Wandsworth Arts Fringe
– Director and Producer. I wrote the words (which I performed), created digital art, sourced video, and organised tech support and funding. I also choreographed a professional dancer for one section; and sourced live music for the interludes.
– All starting on the side of a mountain, and ending in a Luscious Fruiting Forest of Dreams

Dec 2017 – Jan 2018: Participant in workshops and multiple performances at the Showroom Gallery following Dawn Breaks
Each participant directed, acted and set-designed our own productions, culminated in Free Flow Fictioning
I worked on ‘How we see Beauty’, as well as the beginnings of Deathbed Skiing