Fredonia, New York
Possessing an M.A. in English Literature from SUNY Fredonia, Carolyn is primarily a self-taught artist. Looking to deepen her skills, in September 2013, she joined a Mixed Media class with Chaz Ruffino in Brocton NY.
Her work has been shown in the Adams Art Gallery, Dunkirk NY. In June 2001, "In the Garden," "Wintergarden," "Hiroshima," "Dicksissel Summer," and "Volcanic Buddhas" were represented in various mixed media formats during the DOCUMENTARIO show.
In October 1991, "The Sexual Nature of Gloxinias" and "Migration" were shown visually as part of the PENELOPE'S VISION exhibition.
Oh yeah, and she teaches yoga! Check out her website at http://www.carolyngrady.com/.
Of her artistic process, she says:
"Working as a poet for thirty years, visual art occupied a supportive and exploratory role in my life, until the death of my mother in 2010. Then words seemed to dry within me, even though I felt the strange stirrings of creativity wanting expression. Slowly I found my way to playing with pencils, paint, pastels, and eventually, in a mixed-media class with Chaz Ruffino. With the support of the teacher and the other artists, art surged to the center of my existence. Swirling there as an expressive touchstone in my personal yogic journey, I study the visual world almost as a yantra. A focus for meditation. A way of being. Here."
Of this piece she says:
"This is an image that took me by surprise as it came together. What was this place? And what was the lens that seemed to manifest in the image itself? Though I have snowshoed in the Rockies with trees and sky as portrayed in this image, I was haunted by the lens.
"This led to questions of how much is observed by humans. How much do I miss actually seeing during my day? Being present means opening to all of existence, not just the parts we wish to see and acknowledge.
"Bears have a similar visual capacity as humans. How much are they privy to? Do they grow immune to the incredible physical beauty of the environment they live in? Are they moved?
"It often feels as though this earth is their home; we are the guests. Through the use of painting and drawing on acetate, swirling effects unable to be obtained using traditional paintbrush on canvas, lent a feeling of time and light shifting, setting the viewer slightly on edge, implying questions of centering/decentering."