We aren't supposed to do this on our own

Theo Carter-Weber

About
Theo Carter-Weber is back at Daisy Laing Gallery with his heart-warming exhibition “We aren’t supposed to do this on our own”. Theo’s work is distinctly sensitive to his community and focuses on concepts such as support and vulnerability. He recently wrapped up his latest community project @IamGratefulPenzance, where art works from local families were publicly displayed to bring people together during the lockdown restrictions. In his latest exhibition, Theo is now showing his own personal artwork that was recently created in response to the pandemic. Theo says, ‘This artwork is an exploration of how I have felt isolated, disconnected and troubled and how I have attempted to reach out, communicate and create connection during a difficult time. I hope others can identify and feel empathy in my work and I hope it offers hope and joy”. The exhibition is a collection of delicate drawings, some of which are uniquely presented onto cardboard boxes. Theo said, “My use of cardboard boxes initially began when I noticed how many we had quickly accumulated in our home. I noticed most homes had cardboard boxes outside and in the recycling, and the DPD vans were delivering them; it became obvious to me that while during this time of isolation and disconnection with friends and family, we were looking for happiness inside these cardboard boxes. “Looking for happiness inside a cardboard box” felt like natural titles for these pieces. Theo’s drawings are distinguishable to his own graceful style and the art is being thoroughly enjoyed by gallery visitors. You can expect to see a charismatic and uninhibited use of animal wisdom and totem objects, which reflect Theo’s thoughtfulness during this difficult time. Theo said, “I now see the elephant as an animal that wishes to be of service to its family and community. The elephant reminds me of how important it is to persevere towards one’s goals and how we can remove obstacles to get there and support others. I would like to think of this work as a thank you and a celebration to all of those who have helped me and answered my calls”. Caitlin Dean
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Communication is vital to my wellbeing

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Looking for happiness inside a cardboard box 1

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We aren't supposed to do this on our own

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Looking for happiness inside a cardboard box 7/ Charcoal, pencil and pastel on cardboard box. Approximately 33 x 38cm / £250

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I want you to hold me / pencil and pastel on paper / 29.7 x 21 cm /£375

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Without hidden agendas/ pencil and pastel on paper / 14.8 x 21cm £295

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Looking for happiness inside a cardboard box 6/ Charcoal, pastels and pencils on cardboard box / Approximately 48 x 50cm / £325

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We have been here before / Pencil and pastel on paper / 29.7 x 21cm £375

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A new light / Pencil and pastel on paper / 14.8 x 21cm / £295

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Looking for happiness inside a carboard box 2 / Charcoal on cardboard box 2 / Charcoal on cardboard box / Approximately 33 x 47cm / £250

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I pray for healing /Pencil and pastel on paper/ 29.7 x 42cm / £475

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Looking for happiness inside a cardboard box 4/ charcoal, pencil and pastel on cardboard box / Approximately 50 x 54cm / £325

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We got this/ pencil and pastel on paper / 29.7 x 21cm / £375

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It is in my nature to give / pencil and pastel on paper / 14.8 x 21cm/ £295

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Looking for happiness inside a cardboard box 5/ Charcoal, pencil and pastel on cardboard box / approximately 30 x 38 cm / £250

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Play with mother / pencil and pastel on paper / 29.7 x 42cm / £475