Born in Wexford, Ireland, Serena Caulfield is an artist specialising in painting and drawing. She was part of the first course to complete a BA in Art from Gorey School of Art and Wexford Campus School of Art and Design. In 2008, she attended Norwich University College of the Arts, UK, where she attained a Master's Degree in Fine Art.
Since graduating in 2009, she has evolved a multi-strand approach to her work. She returned from the UK to set up a small and experimental art space and studio.
Serena has exhibited locally and nationally in various group exhibitions; PeripheriesOPEN, and ‘As Creatures Dream… A New Language’ at Wexford County Hall and Wexford Arts Centre. Her work is part of Wexford County Council’s permanent collection as well as many private collections internationally, including the well acclaimed Kelly's Hotel collection. She was recently awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Bursary from Wexford Co. Council and is now living and working in London.
I think of my paintings as inventories that are fragments of a much bigger picture. They are improvisational and constructed pieces that aim to question our perceived experiences of the world through visual language, knowledge and art history, above all else. Paint is used as a vehicle for the interpretation of the image and narrative, which, in an age of technology and social media is something I feel to be quite significant. The images become recognisable and familiar in content or form, but also transcend the viewer's expectations of that image, hopefully facilitating an enquiry or extended curiosity.
The physicality of the paint is as important as the picture; it is tactile, permeable, malleable, and through a process employing mark-making, pleasure and aesthetics, has empowered me to make visible what can be overlooked by the historicising of the artist.