Carol Larson

707-763-4525

colorsandsews@gmail.com

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Artist Information for Carol Larson

I work with cloth because I like the depth & texture created when it is layered and stitched. Cloth is familiar and comforting yet through manipulation can reveal itself as soft or harsh, stunning or shocking, compliant or feisty, warm and endearing, much as an old friend. Most frequently I write a story and paint through a mesh screen directly onto the cloth. I also use vintage linens and textiles in my work, in homage to my handcrafting ancestors, while simultaneously bringing the heirloom into the current century.

After several years of designing original abstract art quilts, I found my voice through storytelling. With meaty subjects such as beauty, death, femininity, parenthood, work, women’s issues, etiquette, aging, gun violence and current events I create a narrative which if successful engages the viewer. As my personal form of activism, I challenge others to stop, consider their own views, stories, and possibly continue the conversation. My greatest reward is when others recognize themselves in my work.

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Defining Moments 12: NO Means NO

Defining Moments 12: NO Means NO49" x 39"  

The story of my 1967 campus rape is printed to the cloth. The slash represents how this aggressive act disrupted my sense of personal safety and well-being. The lenient sentence granted to a Stanford swimmer/rapist in 2016 unearthed my long repressed shame & anger about my own unreported attack. The hand stitching reflects my rage that this insidious behavior continues today and that rapists continue to get away with it, leaving the survivor forever scarred.



Culture of Fear

Culture of Fear52" x 41"  

I researched the reasons why gun owners cherish their weapons. We most frequently hear ‘it is my Second Amendment right’, yet I was curious as to other reasons. Responses varied from to protect a schoolyard full of kids, doubting one’s ability to provide so desire to protect is more important, and to play a hero. I compiled a list of reasons, which were predominantly fear-based and translated the word FEAR into various languages. I then digitally manipulated the text, which was commercially printed to whole cloth. Red textile paint and black hand-stitches represent the bloodshed caused by this culture of fear.



Defining Moments 24: Storyteller

Defining Moments 24: StorytellerDefining Moments 24: Storyteller   Photo by Headshot by Karen Preuss

As a child I was told to not lie, not repeat stories, and to never reveal personal stories. After decades of doing what others told me I should be doing, I have transformed my life by telling stories including some deeply personal ones. I am a storyteller! Perhaps through my work the viewer might find their own voice?



Plastic Ocean 2

Plastic Ocean 250" x 40"  

My intention is to raise awareness about our daily plastic consumption through creative reuse. I hand-stitched my own plastic waste to a machine-stitched textile surface. As a result of collecting these items, I have changed my own shopping habits and now try to avoid products packaged in single use plastic, particularly clamshells; while actively campaigning grocers to change their packaging.



Plastic Ocean 1

Plastic Ocean 151" x 41"  

My intention is to raise awareness about our daily plastic consumption through creative reuse. I hand-stitched my own plastic waste to a machine-stitched textile surface. As a result of collecting these items, I have changed my own shopping habits and now try to avoid products packaged in single use plastic, particularly clamshells; while actively campaigning grocers to change their packaging.