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CAROL COLE

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My work explores the synergy that comes from combining the traditional craft of handmade paper with the relatively new medium of found object assemblage.  What some would consider trash, is transformed into something elegant and mysterious.

 

I create a duality in which what is new looks old, what is light appears heavy and what is ordinary seems extraordinary.

 

My unique process involves creating an armature and covering it with a skin of freshly made sheets of handmade paper and heavily textured paper pulp. I apply many thin layers of color to this surface to achieve an ancient-looking patinaed surface. The found objects are then incorporated into the sculpture. The work is object-inspired, meaning that the form and content of each piece is dictated by the found objects used.

 

I am inspired by the works of anonymous tribal artists and architects whose archetypal forms and symbols speak a universal language, crossing barriers of time and culture.  In my work, I aim for the same universality by making multicultural references and seeing beauty in unexpected places.  I use what will become the relics of our time-–found manufactured objects—and transform them into iconic abstract sculptures.

 

More of my work can be seen on my  website:

 www.carolcole.com

 

carol@carolcole.com

 

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