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 and the V&A recently acquired Folding Chairs, Chair Stories and A Concise History of Chairs, and the British Library a copy of Chair Stories.

Book fairs
2019       Pages Artists’ Book Fair, Leeds.  
  BABE Artists’ Book Fair, Bristol.
2018       Small Publishers Fair, London.
  Turn the Page Artists’ Book Fair, Norwich.
  Pages Artists’ Book Fair, Leeds.
2017 Small Publishers Fair, London.
  Turn the Page Artists’ Book Fair, Norwich; nominee for the Book Prize.
  BABE Artists’ Book Fair, Bristol.
2016 Turn the Page Artists’ Book Fair, Norwich.
2013-15 With 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 the Artists Book Collection, Tate Britain; the National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum; the British Library; Camberwell College of Art Library Artists Book Collection; and Pages New Voices touring collection supported by Arts Council England.

Award
2015       Turn the Page Graduate Award.
 
Selected exhibitions
2018       Open Studios, The Chocolate Factory N16.
  Remind Me To Remember, OpenHand OpenSpace, Reading.
2017 Open Studios, The Chocolate Factory N16.
2016 Open Studios, The Chocolate Factory N16.
2015 The Double Page Spread, Chelsea College of Arts Library, London.
2000 The Garden of England, Photofusion, London.
1997 The Garden of England, Hereford Photography Festival.
1988 Two Families, The Photographers Gallery, London.
1984 Sudan, Photogallery, St Leonards-on-Sea.
1983 Convent Gardens, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.
Caroline Penn, book artist
Caroline Penn, book artist
Caroline Penn, book artist