There are certain big concepts; ideas that unite us all and show us our universality. Carole Desboisí conceptually charged artwork addresses these questions in a way that combines intelligent thought with acute aesthetic judgement. In her startling crisp paintings every detail and edge is captured precisely to bring a beautifully sharp quality to her work. In other works the abstract notion of peace is represented by showing a cloud peeking through a sparkling, reflective glass. Desbois searches for and collects what she calls the elixirs of contemporary life, placing them into white boxes and turning them into mixed media artworks. Her stark photographs of baths show them against an infinite black nothingness, creating images that are at once contemporary and stylish. Her work is generally uncluttered and always impressively striking.
This well travelled artist has worked and exhibited in London, New York and South Africa and it may be this internationalism which helps her to investigate the most universal themes of life. She effectively uses shadow and light to create wonderfully revealing portraits and the fleeting nothingness of passing emotion. Fauna are altered for effect, casting petals into deep, oceanic blues and stalks into flashing pinks. The viewer can feel the pale loss of a wandering Polar Bear, in a painfully monotone picture showing him wandering in the sand that was once snow. The image is affecting and laden with deeper questions and meanings. Whether creating digitally altered photos of cosmic explosions of stars emerging from inside a human form or putting together her conceptual cabinets of curiosity, Desbois succeeds in grabbing her audience and making them think. She can sometimes be provocative and make her viewers question the nature of art in the wider world, but she never fails to grab attention. It is for this talent and skill that we are pleased to announce her as our artist of the week.