Dorcas Casey is a Bristol-based artist working from Jamaica Street Studios in Stokes Croft. She studied Sculpture at Winchester School of Art and completed a Masters in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at UWE. She is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, having been awarded a bursary from them in 2013. She won the Public Speaks Award in the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize and her work features in the book The Language of Mixed Media Sculpture. She has exhibited her fabric sculptures at Banksy’s Dismaland and performed with her costumes at Glastonbury Festival and Hauser and Wirth Somerset. She was commissioned to work as lead artist for Artichoke’s PROCESSIONS in 2018 and awarded a QEST Scholarship to study bronze-casting in 2019.
“I find the starting point for my sculptures in imagery from dreams, these images from the subconscious are mysterious and hard to pin down. Sculpture is the way I articulate and preserve them and I’m happy for my sculptures to remain ambiguous. I’m drawn to familiar, domestic materials and objects, often they are linked in some way to my own memories. I prefer hands-on processes like stitching, mould-making, casting and sculpting with clay. I like the idea of out-moded, discarded and marginal things returning as powerful presences.”