Mason’s work is about finding strategies for living in contemporary society and the challenges we face due to the demands on our time and attention and the increasingly virtual nature of our lives. I am interested in finding ways to engage with being present through my work. My processes often use painstakingly repetitive marks and actions and are a quiet reflection of a sense of time and place.
During Lockdown time has become a key theme in Mason’s work. Mason has been making daily ritual drawings marking the minutes when our time and movement have been restricted, and durational drawings from sunrise to sunset on the Summer & Winter Solstices, and Autumn & Spring Equinoxes.
The opportunity to attend the residency at the prison provides a focused period to explore time in a totally different environment away from my studio. Mason is particularly interested in exploring the concept of the extended present that is experienced during incarceration. Mason plans to make a series of large drawings exploring the daily routine of prison life, through drawings and graphite rubbings of the cells, for example, a drawing of the bed that takes 8 hours which is the time a prisoner would spend sleeping.
Carrie Mason (b/1971,UK) is a visual artist based in Dorset, UK. Mason graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2017 with BA (Hons) Fine Art and MA Fine Art. Mason is a multi-disciplinary practice includes works on paper, printmaking, sculptural objects, video and live action drawing performance. Mason is a member of Dorset Visual Arts Salon Collective. She currently has sculptures at the Walled Gardens in Moreton, Dorset and the 2021 Bridport Sculpture Trail, Mason has been selected for the Print International and shortlisted for Visual Arts Open 2021.