Cerys Knighton is a 27-year-old Welsh artist and medical humanities PhD student, whose research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council SWW-DTP.

She mostly draws with a pointillism technique, which involves layering thousands of individual ink dots to build textures. Her drawings also contrast pencil against pointillism detail. Beyond drawing, Cerys also creates sculptural work, combining clay with driftwood and flora that she shapes and dries into particular expressions.

Cerys Knighton Artist
 

Cerys Knighton filming with S4C Prynhawn Da, working on clay, driftwood, and dried flower sculptures.

Filming with S4C Prynhawn Da, October 2020

Research:

Cerys’s PhD research combines literary studies, medical history, and art. Her thesis examines representations of manic-depressive illness by concurrently analysing archival medical case notes and literary texts. Focusing on Wales and Scotland, her work examines developments in diagnostic categories, spaces of treatment, and perceptions of patients. Cerys's work creates a space for reflection: looking at how medical categories and representations have evolved to reflect on our own perceptions of mental illness today.

'On the Edge of Restoration', Question Journal: Frontiers, 3 (2019)
 

Bio:

Cerys’s first four solo exhibitions have taken place in Cardiff and her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions nationwide. She won the Doctoral Academy’s People’s Choice Award during the 2018 Images of Research Exhibition for the conceptual work exploring her research, and in 2019 received the Art Award from the Livery Company of Wales. Her work has been featured by numerous media outlets including the BBC and S4C.

Cerys Knighton filming with S4C Prynhawn Da, working on clay, driftwood, and dried flower sculptures.

Filming with S4C Prynhawn Da, October 2020

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Pointillism artwork by Cerys Knighton, 'On the Edge of Restoration', published in Issue 3 of Question Journal.