Biography

Working with photographs, text, drawings, collage and projection, I create books and small installations. These works have mostly explored themes of domestic space, memory and intimacy. Recent investigations have taken me further afield – from the lipstick counter to the beach – and have resulted in books and boxes containing distilled narratives on paper.

After studying Geography at Exeter University and teaching English in Sudan, I worked as an editorial photographer for many years and then as a picture researcher, before wanting to return to the roots of production and a physical relationship with materials. So I embarked on formal art training with a foundation course at City Lit which lead me to an MA in Book Arts in 2015 at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. During this time, my practice addressed the slippage between memory and place in artworks that examined what is retained and what is lost in recollections of home. The College acquired the book NoWhere for its own collection of Artists’ Books. I continued to work with themes of presence and absence in the domestic setting, making a group of works about our relationships with chairs; Folding Chairs was acquired by Tate for its Artists’ Book Collection.

Book fairs
2018     Turn the Page Artists’ Book Fair, Norwich.
 Pages Artists’ Book Fair, Leeds.
2017Small Publishers Fair, London.
 Turn the Page Artists’ Book Fair, Norwich; nominee for the Book Prize.
 BABE Artists’ Book Fair, Bristol.
2016Turn the Page Artists’ Book Fair, Norwich.
2013-15With Camberwell College of Art:
 Pages Artists’ Book Fair, Leeds.
 Turn the Page Artists’ Book Fair, Norwich.
 BABE Artists’ Book Fair, Bristol.
 
Collections

Books are housed in private and public collections, including Tate Britain Artists Book Collection and Camberwell College of Art Library Artists Book Collection.

Award
2015     Turn the Page Graduate Award.
 
Selected exhibitions
2017      Open Studios, The Chocolate Factory N16.
2016Open Studios, The Chocolate Factory N16.
2015The Double Page Spread, Chelsea College of Arts Library, London.
2000The Garden of England, Photofusion, London.
1997The Garden of England, Hereford Photography Festival.
1988Two Families, The Photographers Gallery, London.
1984Sudan, Photogallery, St Leonards-on-Sea.
1983Convent Gardens, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.
Caroline Penn, book artist
Caroline Penn, book artist
Caroline Penn, book artist