Carolyn Carson

215 Capitol Drive
Pittsburgh, PA
15236-3901 US
412-979-5722

carolyncarson753@hotmail.com

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Artist Information for Carolyn Carson

I am inspired by the strength of women, as they are the life force of the universe. Quilts are my medium of choice because they exemplify women’s work historically. I incorporate yarn that I have spun and then woven, also representative of women’s work. I utilize these traditional techniques in a contemporary way in order to draw attention to the lives of women in the modern world. On a more personal level, my work gives me a sense of continuity with other women – historically and globally.


My technique reflects women’s work and my subject matter often deals with issues that pertain to women. Using abstract female imagery, or life and fertility symbols such as circles and spirals, I urge the viewer to relate in his/her own personal way without focusing on particular issues.

I begin each work by selecting whole cloth commercial cotton batik fabric that speaks to me in some way. Sometimes I discharge part of the fabric. Meditating on the batik, I plan yarn that I will incorporate into the piece, starting with raw fleece that I wash and comb. Then I combine it with other dyed wool and silk which I spin into yarn. I weave that yarn on a circle loom or a four harness loom. Those woven pieces are then needle felted onto the cotton batik to hold them temporarily in place. After machine quilting the entire piece, the quilt becomes my canvas to paint.

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Shoah

Shoah65x41   Photo by Ron Weiss

As the title suggests, this piece refers to the Holocaust. Antisemitism, well documented, is on the rise and this reflects my concern and fear regarding that reality worldwide and in this country.



Death March

Death March67x41   Photo by Ron Weiss

As the allies approached the concentration camps at the end of WWII, the Nazis forced the prisoners to march for miles in frigid conditions. Many were killed or died from the elements. In the wake of documented rising antisemitism globally, these events are important to remember.



Me and Judy Brown

Me and Judy Brown68x41   Photo by Ron Weiss

Judy Brown was my best friend in first grade. I wonder what happened to her.



Legacy of the Matriarchs

Legacy of the Matriarchs69x43   Photo by Ron Weiss

Shekinah

Shekinah67x31   Photo by Ron Weiss