Bio

I am a UK-based artist-educator, focusing on the processes of painting by experimenting with materials and methods. 

Enabling others to create

A central goal of my work is to enable 

more people to enjoy process-led art activities. I deliver two adaptable courses with that motivation

1. Painting Process: a structured, supportive space to experiment with various painting methods for adults of any level, ability and background.

2. Material Sensitivity: for BA and MA students to deepen their understanding of specific materials such as those used in practices associated with Arte Povera.

Please see my workshops page and contact me for more information.

In September 2020, I joined High Well School in Pontefract, UK where I deliver process-focused art sessions specifically designed for pupils aged 11-16 years with Education, Health and Care Plans for profound and severe Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs.

In 2017-18, I worked as Project Coordinator for ROTOЯ, a University of Huddersfield initiative to increase public access to art-making processes and research. This included facilitating art-making sessions for adults with additional needs at the charity HOOT Creative Arts which culminated in an exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery of the HOOT members' artwork.

Working with other artists

Plans continue for a collaboration with Leeds-based artist Charlotte Cullen 'Poorly Sorted Materials'. Our project will connect with the geological landscape of Yorkshire as a resource for material enquiry. In March 2021, Cullen and I were invited by Dr Rowan Bailey, Co-director, Centre for Cultural Ecologies in Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield and Parley to discuss structures of support for artists in Huddersfield as part of a series of podcasts for Temporary Contemporary. (The podcast will be posted here soon).

In 2019, as part of a team led by British artist Jill Townsley, I helped build a large installation within the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy. The installation resulted from a collaborative project, The FOREVER-DO, by Townsley and JRC researcher Carlo Ferigato, and was included in the 2019 Resonance III Festival, DATAMI, by SciArt. 

 

Research

The research practice of my PhD entailed a series of painting experiments that focused on the significance of ground, in its physical, historical and metaphorical senses. The objectives were to expose what was actually happening while immersed in the painting experiments, to investigate a concept of painting as a process, and to experiment openly with methods that analysed and became part of that process simultaneously. 

Between 2015 and 2017, my work focused on the significance of specific, physical grounds in France during three periods of research near Lascaux, a place famous for the Upper-Palaeolithic cave paintings discovered there in 1940. Research outputs included: a paper presented at the 33rd Psyart International Conference on Psychology and the Arts, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne,  ‘Grounding painting: an artist-researcher’s experience of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s 'flesh of the Gestalt’’; and 'Groundsocks', a workshop, artwork and paper presented at On the Moors, a conference in Dartmoor National Park organised by the University of Plymouth's research group 

Performance.Experience.Presence.

I participated in activities organised by Paint Club, the University of the Arts London's research network that publicly explored and debated what it means to research painting within the context of contemporary art practice. In 2013 my work was included in the exhibition installed in Beaconsfield, London during Paint Club's Visual Symposium

In 2013, I made a research trip to the Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schaffhausen, Switzerland (now closed), funded by the Windle Charitable Trust award. The artworks I made in response to a close study of the Robert Ryman paintings at the Hallen were about various aspects of touch. This research project was included in my Masters by Research dissertation: 'Touch: an Enquiry', 2014.

 

I was born in London in 1979 and grew up near Oxford, UK. My first degree was a 1st class BA in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Leeds (with the 2001 Instituto Cervantes prize for academic excellence). In 2008, after a period working with the Department for International Development in London and South America, I moved to Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK to work as an artist-researcher-educator. My purpose-built studio was completed in 2012, in-between graduating with a 1st class BA in Contemporary Art (with the 2011 Chancellor’s Prize for outstanding achievement) and starting a Masters by Research in Fine Art, for which I was awarded Distinction in 2014. I gained a PhD in 2019 for a programme of work entitled: 'An investigation into a concept of painting via an experimental process of practice-led methods, including an artistic trial of Grounded Theory Method coding, led by a series of painting experiments that focus on the significance of ground'.

For more information about

artworks / process-led workshops:

puysoden@gmail.com

 

© 2021 Puy Soden

Artist based in Huddersfield,

West Yorkshire, UK