Alexe Dilworth

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Printmaking

Qualifications

1998 – 2000 MA (RCA) Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London.

1993 – 1998 BA (Hons) in Printmaking, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.

2002 – 2003 PGCE University Of Greenwich.

Overview

I use ‘print making’ as away of recording history of materials, the very fabric of a place being impressed into another material, be it paper, plaster or burned into wood.

Sometimes I draw on a mythology whether personal, as with ‘Thief in the night’. Initially this was an installation with images of the ‘tooth parcels’ I made as a child (milk teeth wrapped in tissue) being superimposed on a pillow and, through scale taking on a sinister complexion, being parcels of human body parts. These will be cast with the metal being taken from silver coins.  

Or, as with ‘Death Watch Beetle’, a generally known and accepted history/myth. The 'death-watch beetle' was named in the medieval period. During the ritual of watching over the corpse, the sound of the beetle 'tapping' could be heard in the small hours of the night during the heightened silence in the church. Using elm - elm being a typical coffin timber and also a timber ravaged by the beetle – I drilled hundreds of holes through the wood, reflecting the damage the beetle makes and used bent nails to define the image. The ‘print’ as such no longer existed being used as part of the process, not the piece itself.

Or imagining that wallpaper could absorb the history of violent happenings, as a tape in a recording contains sounds; In the wall series, I printed directly from plaster; due to the nature of this material every time I printed it, it cracked further, gradually destroying the plate.

Teaching

Nov 2008 – Present: Lecturer in Fine Art and Printmaking, University of Chester.

Oct 2007 – Oct 2008: Printmaking Fellowship, Lincoln University.

Nov 2006 – Nov 2008: Tutor Camberwell College of Art, Foundation Drawing Department.

Oct 2004 – July 2007: Tutor Lewisham College of Art, Foundation level, 1st & 2nd Yr BTEC National Diploma Art and Design.

Oct 2004 – July 2007: Photography Tutor at Isledon Rd Mental Health Centre.

Oct 2003 – June 2004: Artist Access to Art College Scheme Artist in Residence At The Metropolitan University, London.

Feb 2004 - Feb 2006: Visiting Lecturer Camberwell Art College

Feb – April 2001: Artist in Residence, Usher Gallery, Lincoln,

May 2001 Visiting Lecturer Camberwell College of Art, MA Printmaking Department

1999 Visiting Lecturer Canterbury College of Art, Canterbury.

Research

My current research centres on the relationship between ‘place’, its history and mythology, investigated through photography, print and sculpture. During the last year I have been documenting the geology of the Isle of Harris and its archaeology, exploring both its physical and mythological resonances. I began by taking ‘pin-hole’ photographs of the landscape, concentrating on the physical nature, in particular ‘Erratics’ (solitary rocks that may have been left by the retreating ice age or maybe placed by man many thousand of years ago). Also, crannogs, (Islands in Lochs), acknowledging their mysterious presence.

Published work

Group shows

2007 Stockwell Studio, Stockwell, London

2004  Foundry Art Show, Old Street, London

2004 Art at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, Battersea.

2004 Looking at Nature in a Different Way, Escape Bar, Hernhill, London.

2003 Holding Things Together, Escape Bar, Hernehill, London

2001 Deptford X, Creekside, Deptford, London

2000 Together Again, The Pumphouse Gallery, Battersea, London

2000 Divide And Rule, The Hockney Gallery, The Royal College of Art London

1999 The Interim Show, The Royal College of Art, London

1999 Absolute Secret, The Royal College of Art, London

1998 The Foyar Gallery, Dundee.

1998 Grinneas nan Eileen, An Lanntair Gallery, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Solo shows

2009 Blotting Memories, University of the Arts, Camberwell. 

2008 Greestone Gallery, Lincoln.

2001 The Usher Gallery, Lincoln.

Commissions

2001, The Usher Gallery Commission, Lincoln

1998, The Forfar Council Commssion, Dundee

1998 Biochemistry Department, Dundee University.