ARTIST: Carolyn Pettigrew – Dip Fine Arts

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Artist’s Statement:

I first ventured into photography developing film and making contact prints as a teenager. I fell in
love with the early work of Sam Haskins. Black and White photography then was edgy and very grainy.

Lately I am attracted to the monochrome masters such as Michael Kenna. There is something in the
challenge of exploring the tones of monochrome photography that I find very satisfying especially in
landscapes. Another world is revealed when colour is absent. For that reason I enjoy looking into the
history of black and white photography and its development as an art form.

For my own work I just like making images. I have a special interest in alternative photographic
techniques –hand crafting images on art paper using pre-digital processes.

Exhibitions and awards:

Joint exhibition “Monochrome diaries”, Art Space on the Concourse, 2017
Finalist, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, 2017
Exhibitor “Gippsland Print Prize, 2017
Joint exhibition “Photographic Alchemy”, Art Space on the Concourse, 2016
Joint Exhibition “No Pressure”, Hornsby Library, 2016
Joint Exhibition “Apple &”, Wallarobba, 2016
Joint exhibition “ContemPlate”, Art Space on the Concourse, 2015
Joint exhibition, “Unseen Sense”, Incinerator Art Space, 2015
Finalist Gosford Art Prize 2014
Joint exhibition “Changeable Art”, North Sydney, Head On 2014
Finalist, Ryde International Women’s Day Art Prize, 2014
Joint exhibition “A Portrait of Hornsby”. Wallarobba,2013
Kayell Photographic Prize, Hornsby TAFE 2013
Joint Exhibition “Figure and Form”, Lane Cove Art Gallery 2013
Finalist, Ryde International Women’s Day Art Prize, 2013
Finalist, North Sydney Art Prize, 2013
Joint exhibition “Farrago”, Pop Goes the Easel, 2012
Joint exhibition “dark room to light room”, Incinerator Art Space, 2012
Finalist Keddie’s Rural Photographic Prize (acquisitive) 2009
Highly Commended Chroma Miniature Art Prize, 2012


See more of Carolyn’s work in the Nebuli gallery and at Alchemic Photography.