Hi Carly tell us a little about yourself!

I’m a student at Northumbria studying Fine Art Painting, just going into my third and final year- scary! I’m originally from Kent but really enjoying it up North!

How long have you been volunteering at Globe?

I’ve been volunteering over the summer, helping with the current Paul Grimmer and Yvette Hawkins exhibition and would like to do some more in the future…

What kind of work do you do?

I’m a mixed media painter, who deals with surreal themes and uses vivid colours (see attached picture). I like to work big, making an impact on an audience and provoking a reaction. I’m also interested in performance art.

Could you give some examples of the provoked reactions your audience has experienced? What was the work about? Interesting…

Normally anything that is perceived as being taboo or out of the ordinary will provoke a reaction from an audience, and cause controversy. I think this is healthy within an exhibition or studio space and livens things up! My work tends to provoke opinions out of people because although I don’t see it as particularity shocking, I do use sexual themes and graphic nudity within my work but put a funny light hearted, sometimes childlike, twist on it!

We love books from ‘The very Hungry Caterpillar’ to ‘Art at the turn of the Millennium’ What is the last book you read, and why should we read it?

I am just finishing ‘Duma Key’ by Stephen King, it is  about an artist actually and his surreal paintings of sunsets but then something goes wrong and his family and friends start getting murdered or dying suspiciously! Especially those who had any connection with the paintings! Its worth reading if you like horror and are interested in art at the same time.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering or painting?

I enjoy festivals and travelling, I have just got back from Latitude festival, which was amazing, great location lots of woods, fields, sheep and great music! I’m heading off to Barcelona next week which will hopefully give me inspiration and be an adventure :)

Good luck, Carly and have lots of fun in Barcelona!