Biography

Bio

Orange crowd control barriers that transform into portals, large lumpen forms topped with green fur and embedded with ancient artefacts, and egg yolks made jewel-like by preserving in salt: my work is a playful exploration of the possibility of the extraordinary unfolding out of the ordinary, an off-kilter, highly saturated, but not altogether unreal vision of our world. My installations and sculptures are an amplification of the magic we experience when something, like finding a fossil on the beach, creates a small rupture in our reality.

I make complex, cacophonous installations full of clashing colours and surprising materials. Narratives of subterranean discoveries unfold alongside material play and transformation. Fossils, Neolithic rituals, chalk landscapes, geological maps and natural and architectural portals all feature in my work as abstracted forms.

I am interested in ancient ideas of the landscape as animate, and the ways that geology can give rise to myth and folklore. These ideas appear in the work in ways that are lively and absurd – a sculptural portal appears to be both a chalk hill and a cartoonish monster with stalactite fangs. The text ‘Geomythology’ by Timothy Burberry is a current touchstone for my research.

Human interaction with geology, from Neolithic flint mines to the way we name rock formations, fascinates me. In an ongoing project, I make casts of partially eaten blocks of butter that look like landscapes – exploring the way we attempt to domesticate the natural world. These sculptures have wicks and burn like candles; the soy wax melts in an appropriation of geological forces in fast forward.

At present, I am making a new body of work in response to a research residency at Cambridge Artworks in the summer, exploring the chalk landscape of the Gog Magog Hills and their history as a ritual landscape. This will culminate in a solo show in January 2024.

I am currently developing a new vocabulary of materials – all of which are biodegradable. This means that my work moving forward is ecologically sustainable. These materials include SCOBY and algae bioplastics, milk plastic, wool, natural dyes, soy wax and willow. The SCOBY cultures have taken a year of experimentation to develop a viable sculpture material, these can all be viewed on my Instagram account @carolinebugby.

 

Education

University of North Carolina at Greensboro. USA. MFA in Studio Arts, concentration in Sculpture and Installation. 2015- 2017

University of Brighton. UK. BA Fine Art Sculpture. 2008 – 2011

 

Selected Exhibitions

2024

GOGMAGOG, Cambridge Artworks. Solo

2023

SVAF Open, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery. Group show

Let Them Eat Fake, BWG Gallery. Juried group show

2022

Memory Into Landscape, Elysium Gallery, Swansea. Juried group show

Rooted, Sussex Prairie Gardens. Invitational group show

Outrageous Cretaceous, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery. Solo

Limen, No Format Gallery, Deptford. Solo

2021

Limen No Format Gallery, Deptford. Solo

The Plymouth Contemporary, Karst Gallery & Levinsky Gallery Plymouth.

Soft Snacks Block Gallery, Raleigh & Meredith College NC USA. Collaboration

Luck & Limen Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, Kent UK. Solo

Force Southern Vermont Arts Center, Vermont USA.

2020

TAPS Now, Kosar Contemporary, Bristol UK. Group Show

Basement Art Space, Chapel Hill, NC USA. Digital Residency

 2019

Thicket, Tunnel Gallery, Tonbridge School, Kent UK. Solo

Confluence, collaborative site specific installation, St Mary’s Church Burham, Kent UK.

2018

Effervescent Orange Slices, site specific installation, Greensboro, NC.

2017

2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC.

Fossiling The Tideline, GPS Space, Greensboro, NC. Solo

North Carolina Artists Exhibition. Raleigh Fine Arts Society, Raleigh, NC. Juried

2016

Some Green on the Plate, Sternberger Artists Center, Greensboro, NC. Solo

Taos To Tepito, GPS Space, Greensboro, NC.

Sometimes Two Circles… GPS Space, Greensboro, NC

2015

Salem Community Courthouse, Salem, NY. Invitational

Art in the Park, Worcester, MA.

MINTED! Cary House Gallery, NY

Pangaea Restaurant, VT.

2014

Hue and Cry, Salem Art Works, NY. Solo

17th Annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show, North Bennington, VT.

2013

Minoterie 21, Brittany, France

Salem Art Works, Cary Hill Sculpture Park, NY.

2011

Franconia Sculpture Park, MN.

Voi La!, Brighton University, Brighton. UK

2010

Here and Now, Brighton University Gallery, Brighton. UK

London Vox, Redgate Gallery, London. UK

 

Residencies

Artist in Residence. Cambridge Artworks. June – July 2023

Artist in Residence. The Island, Bristol. January 2021

Digital Residency. Basement Art Space, NC. 2020

Artist in Residence. Tonbridge School, UK. 2019-2020

Resident Artist. Jiwar, Barcelona, Spain. August 2018

Resident Artist. Vermont Studio Center, VT. May 2018

Winter Artist in Residence. Salem Art Works, NY September 2014- March 2015

Resident Artist. Salem Art Works, NY May-August 2014

Visiting Artist. Minoterie 21, Brittany, France. August 2013

Young Artist. Salem Art Works, NY May-August 2013

Intern Artist. Franconia Sculpture Park, MN August-November 2011.

 

Public Artworks

‘Triassic Slices’ Curve Theatre, Leicester. Commissioned by Vehicle Arts 2022

‘Xenia I & II’ Tonbridge School, commissioned 2020

‘Feast’ Salem Art Works installed 2015.

‘Summer Something’ Salem Art Works installed 2014.

 

Awards

Helen A Thrush Scholarship 2016-2017

Howard Scholarship 2016-2017

Adelaide Holderness Graduate Fellow, 2015-2016

 

Artist Talks

Cawthorne Lecture Theatre, Tonbridge School. February 2020

Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, NC April 2017

Salem Art Works, NY July 2014.

Visiting Artist Speaker, Union College Schenectady, NY June 2013.

3-D Symposium Franconia Sculpture Park, MN September 2012.