The inspiration for Hermione Carline's work lies in the transient beauty she perceives in the everyday, in evoking the sensation of a particular moment where time seems to stand still. She aims to capture her own response to that instant, to get inside that feeling, always searching for that ephemeral quality which represents the space between reality and memory.
The method Carline uses is unique to her. Her camera acts as a visual notebook to record these chance moments which she then processes, sifts, pares down and crops, and from which she produces a series of drawings. From these she traces, magnifies and creates intricate paper stencils or monoprints, layering them together to re-photograph them against light to form newly constructed prints. These in turn inform her paintings.
Although the work may start from a strong figurative viewpoint, as it evolves it becomes increasingly abstract. Spaces mingle and blur as they take on new meanings and interpretations, as the structural is overlaid with tissue-like translucence. She creates a sense of detachment from the original source in order to recreate the power of its initial impact, focussing on capturing that moment of perfection she originally experienced.
Travel has played an important part in Carline’s work and much of her recent work has been inspired by a trip to Japan in 2013. The interiors paintings reference Shoji screens and ancient architecture, but she is also interested in the fragility and delicacy of antique fabrics, samplers and textile fragments. It relates to her recognition of Nature's transience with its cycle of creation and decay. She is drawn to the patina of old wood, or shifting patterns in the sand and she returns again and again to explore the beauty she perceives in impermanence and imperfection. It is the intangible that excites her.
Carline studied Painting at Camberwell School of Art and then followed with an MA in Textile Design at the Royal College of Art. From there she worked extensively as a textile designer, firstly in Switzerland before establishing herself in London. She co-founded the textile design studio The Collection, and her designs were sold throughout Europe, Japan and the USA, including clients such as Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, and Ralph Lauren.