Not having children I spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about my place, where I should live, wether I ‘fit in’ anywhere so going back through a sketchbook tonight it makes me smile at myself when I adamantly reveal an important idea… that later I forget… then implement… and then later wonder what I am doing contemplating living in the studio…my memory is truly terrible.

I wrote this at the Miro foundation after reading “in the summer of 1956 Miro moved to Mallorca. There he was able to work freely in the studio his close friend the architect Josep Luis Sert had designed for him”

I find his work difficult to respect.

I watched people when I went to the museum and wrote down “people are laughing, is it out of joy or confusion…a little of both”. But there is something in the gut of his work that must have filtered through as now when I look at  ‘Primary Angel’ I think I should probably call it ‘After Miro’ it has so much of his work in it.

note to self read

find a plot to build a studio, that space to ‘work freely’ no restrictions, would really like to try work live for a bit, rent out flat straight away before we get reattached


Went back to the flat in redland today to do a ‘changeover’ for airbnb as Suzie is away. It was sunny and quiet and I sat. I imagined/remembered a room full of people, shadows left over from a rowdy meal where things got silly…fun times. I know in the garden is the remains of a rose given to me after one of our miscairrages, I planted it out, it died but I know the remains are there…sad times.

The flat is peaceful and has flickers of life left but mostly it is not ours anymore. The studio, the worklive holds more, more potential, a white space for thought, a place where I can fit in. Not the corridors of houses designated for family making, cake baking and walks to school.

So back in my white box the business swirls around me but I make a space for order, for thought as I look at work for my show with Byard Art. A moment caught between the noise. I see my ‘Family Tree’ painting and realise its not a family tree at all its just about parents and me.

The orange pair of leaves is them, as strong and intense in colour as the land. But I am a leaf. They are leaves.

In my sketchbook I wrote about another painting similar to this also a “Family Tree”
“The family members, the leaves float away, become fish or birds or sails. But ever practical there are yellow structure lines suspending a future 3d reality.”
Obviously still confused wether they are paintings of sculptures or paintings.

And then I go on to write about a painting that I never painted it was when I was in the tamar valley which must have also been in my mind, the colours I remembered and sketched them out “It’s blue sky’s and a green bottomed boat with a red sail on blue water backed by green fields all lit by a late day orange sun” 
Then trying to understand the tree painting. The leaves shimmer like light on moving water, or sun haze on fields.
“Its about sailing and flying and swimming and dying”

There is a sculpture called parents as well which was never finished.

I did the original drawing for the paintings in Miro park, then called just ‘Tree’ and ‘Flower’

I wrote this poem when I made the painting, the colours in the painting set off the words


press release for upcoming show in cambridge….

B Y A R D  A R T14 King’s Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1SJ, UKT: +44 1223 464646  E: info@

TravelNew works by Carol Peace18 September – 26th October
Returning with an exhibition of recent works on show at Byard Art, Cambridge, Carol Peace, sculptor, reignites a connection to the place that helped her be where and who she is today. Carol went to Long Road Sixth Form College on the bus everyday from Shudy Camps, a little village just outside Cambridge.  The art teachers at Long Road went above and beyond to help Carol on her journey to become an artist. One teacher in particular made a conscious and very timely effort to try and get her an interview at Winchester School of Art even though she hadn’t done a foundation course, which you need for art school. The inspiration for starting the Bristol Drawing School (founded by Carol Peace and partner Graham Woodruff) may well have started at college in the ‘fill a sketchbook’ week. “Everyday somewhere new, from a forest in Norfolk to a day in a massive room filled with tremendous plaster casts, those teachers could set a spark.” Carol remembers her time in Cambridge and explains that “One evening a week I would go into King’s College and sit in a tiny room with the chairs stacked up on weird platforms and tables so we could all see to draw the model. I remember one summer night the window being open and drawing away to the sound of singing and the organ from King’s College Chapel. It’s that kind of inspiration that gets under your fingernails, in your blood.”After school with no outlet for expression, Carol metaphorically kicked down the doors of her loving family; all that support, all that love, and threw it right back at them, stole their car and stormed away into a more turbulent side of Cambridge.  “A misunderstanding, a standoff meant I learnt what it is like to have ‘no fixed abode’, you can’t do anything, and you travel in a loop. No job, no money, no home and so no job, and then no money and then no home.”    But although she had ‘no fixed abode’, she had a structure from her family upbringing, her schooling; “the foundations they had laid were in my bones.” And so Carol was able to start her own business in the King Street Run making lunches and Sunday roasts. “I broke the circle of poverty because I was never really there; inside I was rich, educated and inspired.” During the exhibition Carol will be donating 20% from the sale of the piece ‘Bird Bath’ to The Big Issue Foundation. “Sometimes we need a hand to be the best we can be, the Big Issue believes in a ‘hand up and not a hand out’, its about igniting a belief in yourself, sometimes hopefully, it may just need a spark” Throughout the months of September and October you will find a fabulous collection of over 30 sculptures on display at Byard Art, directly opposite King’s College Chapel.There will be an opportunity to meet Carol in the gallery and discuss her collection at the Preview on Thursday, 18 September from 6.30pm–8pm

Exhibition: Travel, new works by Carol PeaceVenue: Byard Art, 14 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2  1SJ.Dates: 18 September–2 November 2014Opening hours: Monday–Saturday 9.30am–5.30pm; Sunday 11am–5pm. Exhibition preview: Thursday, 18 September 2014, 6.30–8pm. All are welcome.Information: 01223 464646Admission: FreeAccess: Wheelchair access to the main exhibition space at ground floor level.
For further information and images, or to arrange an interview with Carol Peace, please call Jessie White on 01223 464646 or email