Carole Romaya studied BA Sculpture at Newcastle University and completed her MA at the Chelsea School of Art.
In 2008 she featured in the publication Wrongteous, edited by Leo Fitzmaurice & Paul Rooney and in 2007 she was long-listed for The Northern Art Prize. Recent exhibitions include When We Were Here, Artgene, Barrow-in-Furness, 2006; Into the Light of Things, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, 2006; Paperworks, Bury Art Gallery & Museum, Bury, 2006; NW Open (Finalist), Artgene, Barrow-in-Furness, 2005; Gothic Love, Lange Gasse 28, Augsburg, Germany, 2005; Different Alphabets,Bury Art Gallery & Museum, Bury, 2005; The Relaxed Audience or Why We Are So Wise, Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London, 2004; the Essor Gallery, Inside Space, 2003 and The Royal Academy, London, 2000. In 2002 she was a finalist in the ‘Pizza Express Prospects’ Contemporary Drawing Prize. Romaya’s solo exhibition ‘Hunters & Collectors’ was presented in Castlefield Gallery’s Project Space in 2003.
The edition print ‘QWERTY’ is taken from one of the pieces featured in the ‘Hunters and Collectors’ exhibition. The work responds to the modern keyboard whose design scatters the positioning of the English alphabet’s most commonly used letters, a legacy from the days when typewriter keys would bunch and jam. Romaya has doodled directly onto the computer keyboard to represent the mind freed from such structures, exploring language as a fluid and un-conscious mark making process.
‘QWERTY’, Carole Romaya. Edition of 100, 280x510mm, £100 unframed.