Serena Caulfield is an Irish artist based in the Wexford countryside just outside Kilmore Quay, and the landscapes and seascapes all around her have been influential on her work. She has exhibited widely throughout Ireland, and more recently in Paris. Her work forms part of numerous private collections throughout Europe, and has been collected locally by Wexford Co. Council.
Having first attended Gorey School of Art, where she completed a BA in Fine Art, Serena went on to achieve a BA (Hons) from Wexford Campus School of Art and Design, IT Carlow. In 2008 she received the Travel/Training Award from Wexford County Council, and attained a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Norwich University College of the Arts, UK. In 2011 she returned to Ireland, and in 2012 set up an intimate gallery in the seaside town of Rosslare, where she also had her studio, and worked for three years before moving to her present location.
As Serena explains, “Most of my work is completed in the studio, and is based on imagery sourced from a combination of memory, photography and drawing. It’s all viewed through the lens of knowledge, history and visual language.”
Markmaking, a term for the different lines, dots, marks, patterns, and textures painters use, is conspicuously dominant in her work, and for Serena, the physicality of paint seems more important than the images she creates. As she says, “Paint is tactile, permeable and malleable, and through a process employing mark-making, pleasure and aesthetics, it has the power to make visible what can be overlooked by the historicising of the artist.” Subject matter varies in her work, although studying her locality and her passion for travelling reveal common threads of interest.