Carol Es

Artist's Statement

I am most interested in themes that tell a story. I love working in oil paint because the pigments are so vibrant. They seem to stay alive, moving and swirling forever as if they are entities in and of themselves. I often mix mediums by adding pattern paper, fabric, or embroidery to my surfaces, depending. I also do installations, draw on clothing patterns and maps, sew on my canvases, use watercolors, and make Artist's books too. I especially like things hand-crafted and working within the smallest details to beautify the art.

My compositions begin as crude, spontaneous ideas that may appear existential that commingle with the absurd. In working this way, I experience a great joy that is difficult to describe. I have a playful imagination and aim to inspire others with my sense of humor. I ultimately like to make my viewers happy and want them to make their own decisions about whatever meanings are behind the work.

On a personal note, I work in art to distract myself from sad memories of abuse, disassociation, and disability. It is the best medicine. I also use it to connect to my Jewish ancestry, to my community, and to the universe. Sometimes, it is a struggle and a risk, like walking on the edges of tall buildings. But I wouldn't trade it for anything.