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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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  • Untitled
    2010
    Cement and abalone shell   72" x 45" x 2"

  • Moon Mapping
    2010
    Wood veneer, photograph,gold leaf and abalone shell   25" x 25"

  • Sundog
    2010
    Two photographs   30" x 40"

  • Constructions and Tangible Losses
    2010
    Mixed Media   Size varies

  • Constructins and Tangible Losses
    2010
    Horseshoe crab shell, resin, wood, gold chain   Size varies

  • The Awarded
    2010
    Cast marbelized resin   200 plaques, size varies

  • The Awarded
    2010
    Cast marbelized resin   Size varies
    Detail

  • Bust
    2010
    OSB chip board, resin and plaster   70" x 23" x 16"

  • Rug Project
    2008
    Cut and glued carpet foam padding   9' x 11'

  • Bird Totem
    2007
    Found wood cast bronze with nickle platting. steel   11ft x 2ft
 








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