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Artist StatementArt Works: Cedric Williams My interest is in observing the ways in which buildings, surfaces and structures change once they become abandoned and cease to have a socio-economic function. During this period of neglect the process of decay begins to take place. The accumulation of organic matter provides a basis for the growth of plants and trees, roots begin to undermine the structures, metals begins to rust/oxidize and slowly the original form of the structures is transformed. If left the structures eventually crumble. For most of my life I have used photographs and paintings to periodically catalogue the decay of the different sites that have interested me. However, over the last few years I have begun to explore the possibilities of utilizing the photographic images, not just as framed works that can be hung on the wall, but placed in “settings” that are compatible with the images. This has involved my introducing a variety of different methods and materials in my work that are created in the studio. Working on wood panels or heavy weight card as my base I use plaster, sand and gravel, dried roots, and simulated ‘distressed’ materials to gain texture and depth, as well as dried organic materials and found objects; sometimes from the actual sites. In this way I begin to build an ‘environment’ that supports the photographic images used. I frequently use certain photographs or combination of photographs repeatedly, in order to explore different ‘environments’ or ‘settings’ for them. I do not attempt to form a narrative link between the photographic images and the associated materials. The materials used are to be regarded as an extension of the images, their reference indicating the more diverse processes of aging and decay. At present my work deals with three major areas of interest; an abandoned slate quarry that I frequented in my youth in North Wales, UK; a now demolished cement factory in Kensington, MD and the World War II remains that are to be found on the coast of Delaware.
Resume: Cedric Williams
Born: 1947, Llangollen, Denbighshire, N.Wales, UK.
1973-4 Arts Diploma, Wrexham College of Art, N. Wales, UK.
1974-7 BA Degree (Fine Art and Art History), Gloucestershire College of Art and Design.
1972 Plas Newydd Gallery, N.Wales,UK
1973 North Wales Arts Council (touring exhibition, 3 months).
1973 Plas Newydd Gallery.
1974 Plas Newydd Gallery.
1979 Islington Central Library Gallery, London,UK.
1979 Haringey Arts Council, London.
1980 Haringey Arts Council, London (2nd prize)
1981 Haringey Arts Council, London (joint 2nd prize)
1982 Burgh House Gallery, London.
1984 Work purchased by Camden Council, London.
1984 Barclays Bank, London.
1985 Camden Arts Center, London
1994 Moved to U.S.A.
2008 "The Stimulus Package" The Studio Gallery, Washington DC
2008 "Inspired by Weather" VisArts, Rockville, MD
2008 "Duo Show" The Studio Gallery, Washington DC
2008 Patuxent Art League, MD
2009 Laurel Art Guild, MD
2009 Artomatic, Washigton DC
2009 "Camouflage" VisArts, Rockvill,MD
2010 "All Hung" Montpelier Arts Center, MD
2010 "Nostalgia and Dereliction: Solo show, The Fisher Arts Gallery, VA
2010 "Greenspiration" The Workhouse Arts Center, VA
2012 Solo Show, Montpelier Gallery, MD (honorarium recipient)
2013 Patuxent Art League, MD, merit award.
2017 "Dereliction" Solo show,Black Rock Center for the Arts, MD