Abstract artist living and working in Berry NSW. A self-taught artist who has worked extensively with textiles. Carolyn’s textile works have been exhibited widely including Art Quilt Australia 2017 at the National Wool Museum, Geelong and in 2019 at the Queen Victoria Gallery, Launceston. In 2020 with the advent of COVID and inspired by a weekly drawing class she has attended since 2016, Carolyn expanded her practice to explore new possibilities with mixed media and collage. More recently her mixed media work has been included in local galleries, including the Draw 2021 exhibition at the Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery and the recent Circle of Five Art group Exhibition at the Milk Factory Gallery Space in Bowral. Artist Statement My work is about tapping into resilience - that ability to deal with the challenges life throws at us in a way that allows us to draw on our strength of heart, reweave our stories so the past and present can sit together and find hope for the future. Heart, hope and story are my way forward and are woven into my art using references to those special places where I go to find myself, to focus on what is important and renew my strength and energy. A walk on the beach, the morning sun shining through the trees, my garden are where I find inspiration. I work intuitively exploring luminosity, a sense of depth and symbolism as I build up layers of drawing, paint and collage to create a story on the canvas. Mediums Acrylic paint, acrylic ink, drawing materials including graphite, charcoal and Inktense pencils, painted collage papers, found collage materials including old books and letters. Working on paper, stretched canvas and canvas attached to wood panels.
The artworks uploaded for this exhibition are drawn from three different series which all form part of the Resilience Theme - Heart, Hope and Story….. 'Songs from the Garden' Series - are works inspired by my garden and the sanctuary it provides 'Take Heart' Series - these works are an exploration of the inner landscape and my search for resilience and often include references to the beach - a place where I can find a level of peace. Butterfly Series - these are works are more focused on collage and text and the story element.