Vanda Campell is an artist-maker and teacher, whose practice challenges the received view of found objects and materials. After completing her BA(Hons) in Fine Art some years ago she has recently completed an MA in Applied Arts achieving a distinction. Her work is featured in Mary Schoeser’s book Textiles: The Art of Mankind (Thames and Hudson). Selected exhibitions include 10 Days at Winchester Cathedral (award winner), Pinpoint at Great Missenden Gallery, and 53° North at the New Schoolhouse Gallery, York. Vanda is a part-time lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire on the BA(Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts course, and alongside her art practice, teaches extensively at her studio in Essex, as well as providing short courses and workshops for art societies and textile groups nationwide.
The objects that fill our lives have stories to tell. They may tell them by evoking memories or prompting imagination. They may have been created to specifically facilitate recollection (as in souvenir). They may be imbibed with a narrative through a shared event. They may spark a creative response.
My practice is focused on the re-presentation of common relationships, sequences, and patterns of objects and materials. By reordering, realigning and reconnecting I am able to question and re-present these relationships in often startling and provocative ways that challenge and question the received view.