Carol Peace initially studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art, and later studied Drawing at The Prince’s Drawing School, London. In 2007 she cofounded the Bristol Drawing School and was the artistic director for four years. Peace is a sculptor who could not work without drawing. The process of drawing, that intuitive response, is in part what she aims for in her work. She initially sculpts in clay or plaster, which like charcoal is quick to make marks with. Once finished, the clay sculpture is then cast into bronze where those fluid marks of the making become fixed.
‘I draw with and in the clay, draw the varied bodies of folk that model at life classes. I draw, a lot. To get myself up to speed.To see’. CAROL PEACE
Carol Peace (b.1970) has been practising as a sculptor for nearly 25 years, during which time she has obtained numerous public commissions, including: ‘Possibly’ at Glyndebourne, and large-scale public sculptures in London, Bristol and Portishead. Her work is collected across the globe, including Hong Kong, Singapore, the USA, Canada, Barbados and throughout Europe. Closer to home Peace has had solo shows in London, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Athens and Zurich and has a permenant collection at the Dorchester.
Back in her studio she has explored new techniques, ‘plaster forms change shape with a speed of a drawing. In form there is a safety, a freedom to take risks. It’s what 24 years of making does to you, there’s a comfort there, a confidence in the history that enables you to push on into the new, to run so fast you can’t sleep from the excitement of it all.’ CAROL PEACE
These new shapes also show the bright colours from her Barcelona paintings, jumping from the wall onto the new forms, as well as shapes echoing her studies of flowers. There are recognisable Carol Peace forms in works such as ‘Carpe Diem’, and a brand new set of her infamous ‘Block People’ shown here at Woolff Gallery for the first time.