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Daphne Plessner
updated: 07/23/2009
website: www.plessner.co.uk
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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it's a wallpaper world: playground I
it's a wallpaper world: playground II
it's a wallpaper world: playground
Girlie: Eye-candy & tart triptych
Girlie: Fluffy & Bitch triptych
urban rough
london heads
london heads
london heads
london heads
london heads
london heads
london heads
london heads
working drawing for a painting: crouching woman
 
Portfolio Keywords:  gender/sexuality, text, conceptual, narrative, political, social criticism, urban, cartoon, pattern, figurative
 
 
it's a wallpaper world: playground I by Daphne Plessner
it's a wallpaper world: playground I
watercolour pencil, vinyl and metallic paint on paper
2007
120 " x  150 " 
it's a wallpaper world: playground II by Daphne Plessner
it's a wallpaper world: playground II
coloured pencil and vinyl paint on paper
2008
130 " x  150 " 
it's a wallpaper world: playground by Daphne Plessner
it's a wallpaper world: playground
coloured pencil and vinyl paint on paper
2008
130 " x  150 " 
Girlie: Eye-candy & tart triptych by Daphne Plessner
Girlie: Eye-candy & tart triptych
watercolour pencil, vinyl paint on paper
2008
70" x  50" 
Girlie: Fluffy & Bitch triptych by Daphne Plessner
Girlie: Fluffy & Bitch triptych
watercolour pencil, vinyl paint on paper
2008
70 " x  50 " 
urban rough by Daphne Plessner
urban rough
pen and ink on paper
2007
12" x  10" 
london heads by Daphne Plessner
london heads
charcoal and china white paper
1998- current
12" x  8" 
london heads by Daphne Plessner
london heads
charcoal and china white on paper
1998-current
12" x  8" 
london heads by Daphne Plessner
london heads
charcoal on paper
1998-current
12" x  8" 
london heads by Daphne Plessner
london heads
charcoal on paper
1998-current
12" x  9" 
london heads by Daphne Plessner
london heads
charcoal on paper
1998-current
12" x  8" 
london heads by Daphne Plessner
london heads
charcoal on paper
1998 - current
12" x  8" 
london heads by Daphne Plessner
london heads
charcoal on paper
1998-current
12" x  8" 
london heads by Daphne Plessner
london heads
charcoal on paper
1998-current
12" x  8" 
working drawing for a painting: crouching woman by Daphne Plessner
working drawing for a painting: crouching woman
graphite on paper
2006
12" x  8" 

Artist Statement

I believe drawing is one of the most fundamental human activities. Making such a big and bold claim is of course difficult to explain, or defend. However, I believe that the way this enquiry is framed determines how visual artists’ establish a theoretical position within the context of Art.  Some see drawing as a means to another end, others see it as a discipline in its own right, and some dismiss its relevance to art completely. And yet, embedded in this discourse is the question of how to explain the relation between drawings and objects. Theoretical difficulties arise when one sets out to explain exactly how drawing is central to an understanding of our experiences in the world, and more pointedly, what exactly one sets out to achieve when picking up the proverbial pencil.

I pursued the question of pictorial representation more formally by undertaking a degree in Philosophy.  I wanted to further my understanding of the central arguments in Aesthetics and Perception. I felt it was important to better understand how others understood the activities of artists. I have been fortunate in knowing the American philosopher Marjorie Grene who directed me to the work of the experimental psychologist J.J. Gibson. This led me to writing a dissertation on the subject of Depiction.  I argued that Gibson significantly contributes to an understanding of the act of drawing and more broadly, of the relation between our experience of pictures and objects in the environment. His observations help to dispel the cliché that one is ‘drawing concepts’ or ‘copying’ objects, and instead he clarifies the notion that one is ‘recording’ the world as one draws. This in my view points to a more constructive framework for the study of Aesthetics and Art theory in general and it forms the basis of my own beliefs about making art. 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Biography 

Born in Vancouver, Canada. Studied Painting at the Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, Canada, 1983-84.

 

Transferred to the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich, Germany. Studied Painting with Prof. Robin Page (one of the early members of the Fluxus Movement), 1984-85. 

 

 

Moved to London in 1985 and continued to paint pictures full time and exhibit. Awarded a Personal Masters Diploma for Painting by Prof. Robin Page, 1996.

 

Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts, London (Course Director for the Post Graduate Certificate in Book Arts, LCC) 1997-current.

 

Completed a BA (Hons) Philosophy, University of London, 2002. 

 

For a detailed CV (including reviews) see: www.plessner.co.uk  

Exhibitions (Abridged):

 

27 group exhibitions have been held in various countries between 1986 to 1998:  (London, England; Munich & Regensburg, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Basel, Switzerland; Washington D.C. , New York & San Diego, U.S.A.).  

 

2008: 'Girlie', Whitecross Gallery, London

 

 

2008: 'It's a Wallpaper World', Well Gallery, University of the Arts London

 

 

2006    John Moores 24, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

 

2004-05  ‘Pop-up Politics’, Solo Exhibition, Chester Beatty Library Museum, Dublin 

 

 

Awards:

 

2008: Research Grant, LCC, University of the Arts, London;   

 

2006: Research Grant, LCC, University of the Arts, London;   

2005:Temple Bar Gallery & Studios Residency;   

2005: Research Grant, LCC, University of the Arts, London.

2004: AHRB Grant: Arts and Humanities Research Board. 

Collections:

Public Collections: Infrateste Burke (Paris, London and Munich offices); The Irish Embassy Residence, Brussels; The James Joyce Cultural Centre, Dublin; The Ireland Fund of Great Britain, London.  Private Collections: Canada, England, Germany and Switzerland. 

Education:

 

2002:  BA (Hons) Philosophy, University of London.

 

1996:  Awarded a Personal Painting Diploma (Masters) by the artist Robin Page, Professor of Painting, Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich.

 

1985-86:  Studied Painting at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich, Germany.

 

1984:  Studied Painting BA Fine Art at the Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, Canada