Born in St Leonards, Carly studied at Central School of Art and Design, and later MA Textiles at Goldsmiths College, London. She taught at North London Collegiate School and was Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London until 2010. She now lives and works in Central St Leonards.
Carly Ralph is mixed media artist, with a background in Textiles. The ‘found or discarded object’ plays a significant role in much of her work, often using the aesthetics of erosion as a decorative or thematic device.
The shoreline has been a major influence, and hundreds of seaborne plastic fragments have been incorporated into her past work to express thoughts about the relationship between the elements, erosion and time.
She is attracted to those mundane items discarded from our everyday lives, which can be transformed through a change of context and use. Rhythm and repetition are used as key expressive elements in terms of format.
A series of six Ritual Cloths produced for the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery Exhibition ‘Collect’ was a culmination of her working processes as a mixed media artist, combining vintage textile surfaces with simple metal components.
Photography of the shoreline environment has informed her work throughout, with specific images selected for exhibition.
Selected Group Shows
Hastings Arts Forum
Electro Studios Project Space, St Leonards
Arts in Healthcare, Conquest Hospital
Arts in Healthcare, Eastbourne General Hospital
The Crypt Gallery, St Mary in the Castle Hastings
The Stables Art Gallery, Hastings
Stade Hall, Hastings
The Mall Galleries, London
Goldsmiths College, University of London
Conway Hall, London
‘Summer Show’, Solaris Gallery, St Leonards
‘Collect’, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
‘Showcase 2’, Hastings Arts Forum
‘What Hastings Means to me’, Root 1066. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
Sussex Open, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
London Group Show, (guest) Concourse Gallery, Barbican Centre, London
Design Commission by H B C: The Bethune Way Underpass, Hastings