Carol Wilhide Justin makes woodcut prints from her own digital photographs. The camera’s ‘decisive moment’ and the woodcut’s lengthy reinterpretation of the same image are combined allowing the character of her subjects to be crystallised in an atmospheric and emotional way. Memory, as narrative, as emotional truth, as time and in its fallibility lies at the heart of all her work. In a world increasingly driven by the digital, Carol’s work celebrates a belief in the haptic and analogue. Woodcuts are time consuming to produce, slow and exacting, built one layer at a time, the result of decision and deliberation.

Carol was awarded a residency to study Japanese woodcut in Japan from Japanese sensei. Her woodcuts are hand printed with a baren using the mokuhanga technique using water-based pigments  instead of the more traditional Western oil based inks.

Degrees

BA (Hons) 2:1 Graphic Design Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic 1983

PGCE The Institute of Education, London University 2001

MA (Print) Royal College of Art with Distinction 2017

Residencies

Kaapeli Residency Helsinki, Finland

MI-Lab Mokuhanga Residency Fujikawaguchiko, Japan 

Orleans House Studio Residency

Awards

Intaglio Printmakers Award at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair

Travers Smith CSR Award in RCA category

RCA Continuation Fund

MI-Lab Residency

The Matthew White Ridley Printmaking Prize

The Creativity Award, Morley College

Eaton Fund

Coats Foundation Trust

Hewer Charitable Trust

The Monica Eyre Memorial Foundation

The Gane Trust

Collections

Clifford Chance Print Collection

RCA Print Collection, London

CfSHE Print Collection MI-Lab, Tokyo

Awagami Print Collection, Japan

V&A Print Collection, London