Cara Tolmie’s practice spans installation, performance, video, music, text and spoken word. For Frieze Art Fair she created a new performance that centres upon the voice and narrative as devices that will construct a postulated fictional space. The performance mapped out the laws of the space within the space of the fair, purely through methods of performance – song, movement and spoken word. Often Tolmie’s work extracts narrative and meaning from a simple starting point, perhaps a short piece of video or an image, which then multiplies and expands exponentially to provide source material for a full body of work – by analysing a simple landscape she may write a script, develop a voice performance or shoot a film.
Cara Tolmie (b.1984) is a Scottish artist based in London. Recent solo shows include: Read Thou Art and Read Thou Shalt Remain, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, (2011); and Sierra Metro, Edinburgh (2008). Group shows include: ‘Maybe I should have called it ‘My life in nineteen minutes’’, The Clocktower Gallery, New York; ‘Graham Ball’, Grand Union, Birmingham, (both 2011); ‘Young London’, The Biscuit Factory, London; ‘The Voice is a Language’, Tramway, Glasgow; and ‘21st Century’, Chisenhale Gallery, London (all 2010). Forthcoming shows in 2011 will be at S1, Sheffield and Supplement Gallery, London.