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Carolyn Salas
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: Exploring paradoxical current affairs and our tendency to feel powerless to confront the crises of our existing surroundings, I use a wide array of materials including, found objects, photgraphy, moldmaking, collage and recycled items to create sculptural platforms where material and concept meet to transform space and the way we view it. The work speaks to interactions between human civilizations, hierarchical powers of societal success, relationships, and nature with an emotional resonance that takes the works beyond any one of these single issues and into a universal realm. In a culture obsessed with mass production and disposability my work is a conduit of my opposition to this standard. With laborious craft and a handmade touch, the imperfections and human attributes of burdens, failures and achievements of our everyday are exposed. I look at the work as a self-exploration of the subconscious, where I try to physically create a state of mind. Responding to Carl Jung’s idea of artists and alchemist’s projecting part of their psyche into matter or inanimate objects, possessing in a sense a “secret soul”, the objects eventually live out a life of their own.
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