Angharad Dean is an Australian artist. She studied design of the built environment (these days called urban design) and after completing a post graduate degree in urban and regional planning worked as a town planner for 22 years before becoming a full time artist in 2005. She has studied under numerous tutors in multiple art disciplines.
In 2021 she was appointed Artist in Residence at the University of Tübingen in Germany. There she teaches art at the Ziecheninstitut in the Interdisciplinary Program as well as in the Austrian Alps as part of the Global Awareness Program and works on her own practice as an artist from her studio in a former fossil washing laboratory below the Palaeontology Museum of the University.
She is also a volunteer land carer when resident in Canberra, Australia.
It is important to me for my work to imply movement and connection: that the world is not a static place, that everywhere things move, perhaps only visible over the vastness of geological time, and that nothing happens in isolation, we are all part of one world. This idea that the world is always changing gives me hope that the heavy weight of mankind on the earth can evolve towards a light touch and that, by opening a window to the beauty of the world, my art moves people to care more for this earth and all the life upon it.
It remains a personal narrative though: the relationship between me and the things that surround me. They speak to me and I listen and translate what I hear through my eyes into images. I work with my whole body as it is with my whole body that I see, feel, absorb earth, trees, water, sky. It’s like poetry in motion, the poetry of colour.
Sometimes I get an idea and it takes me somewhere that surprises and delights me. This is the power of liquid medium – they flow and blend in ways that you can not perfectly predict until it is happening – many times the work takes me along with it until the end result is entirely it’s own creation. These are the works that satisfy me the most because they are fresh, a unique response to the day, place, even the moisture in the air, the music I have been listening to, or the sound of birds. Similarly, when I am printing or sewing on the machine, whilst initially there is a plan, the surprise of the final outcome as you reveal the result is what delights and excites me.
I am constantly learning, refreshing, expanding and challenging myself in my work, but perhaps towards the end of my endeavours I will have made a body of work to be proud of – one where an outside viewer can see the development, perhaps feel the thought processes that led to the evolution of techniques and images. And I hope that through looking at my work they will be able to feel the joy of life, the sorrow of loss and find strength through seeing beauty in the world.