Selected works by Jodie Carey

Jodie Carey
The Daily Mail - Arrangement One


Newspaper, stained blood, tea and coffee, wire, oasis, concrete urn

185 x 110 cm
Jodie Carey’s elaborate sprays of faded foliage have, at first, an elegiac look, like bouquets for an event long forgotten. Their colours are wan and blanched, enacting the theme of life’s transience that underpins the floral still life tradition of artists like van Huysum and van Os. The sense of transience is carried through in their material, too: composed of, and named after, daily newspapers (The Daily Mail – Arrangement One, and so on), Carey’s works embody time’s passing.
Jodie Carey
The Daily Mail - Arrangement Two


Newspaper stained with blood, tea and coffee, wire, oasis, concrete urn

185 x 110 cm
But examine her method of colouring these shreds of thin paper and the themes become more complex. Carey stains the paper with a variety of liquids – tea, coffee, even blood – and by doing so pulls the work into an intimate and unsettling sphere. The domestic inference of the tea and coffee seems to evoke death’s presence in daily life, and to play out the artist’s stated aim to explore “how we choose to deal, both publicly and privately, with the death of a loved one.”
Jodie Carey
The Daily Mail - Arrangement Three


Newspaper stained with blood, tea and coffee, wire, oasis, concrete urn.

185 x 110 cm
Death, here, has entered the realm of chat around the breakfast table. The blood suggests something darker: evoking the suffering body, it nods to the reality of illness and bodily decay, running as a counterpoint to the flowers’ elision of the actuality of the end of life.

Text by Ben Street

Other Resources
Additional information and images – Jodie Carey
Various and images – Jodie Carey
Artist’s website, images, biographical details and links to press articles
Jodie Carey produces works that display a high level of skill, intense focus, obsessive and repetitive craftsmanship. While providing the viewer with an object of beauty, the aesthetics of her pieces function only to serve as an eloquent framework for unsettling and determined dialogues.
Representing gallery – Netherlands.
Selected works and information on past and current exhibitions.
Jodie Carey’s work at the Royal College of Art Sculpture Show, 2007
Whilst craftsmanship and dedicated investment of time are integral aspects of Jodie Carey's practice, she believes the underlying concept behind a work must remain equal to the power of the object itself.
Representing gallery with information about past exhibitions and selected images of Jodie Carey’s work.
The work consists of five stunning flower arrangements, each standing approximately 6ft high by 3ft 6in wide (1.83m by 1.07m). The flowers are made from newspaper that has been stained with blood, tea and coffee.
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