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World Bank World

World Bank World, 2020. Oil, photographs on canvas, 50.5 x 67 inches.

The Last Days of Disco

The Last Days of Disco, 2020. Oil, acrylic, photographs on canvas; 39.5 x 28 inches.

Drama

Drama, 2020. Oil on digitally-printed linen.

Interconnected World

Interconnected World, 2020. Oil on canvas; 17 x 22 inches.

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About Carolyn

Baltimore City

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Carolyn Forrester (b. 1993, West Point, NY) is a painter interested in the contemporary entanglement of performing and viewing the self. She makes colorful, collage-based paintings by layering various painterly, photographic and printing processes, pulling from daily life, media imagery and painting history. By stacking personal narratives up against art historical ones, Forrester creates syntactical situations that lead the viewer towards conflicting readings and conclusions.  Forrester lives... more

Impersonations

These paintings represent a newer body of work, the main questions of which are how a self is constructed and performed, and how a painting produces meaning in our present context. "Impersonation" is one of the main themes, with me in disguise as a different painter, or me inhabiting the history of art, or a painting in disugise as a sheep. The paintings are often made by layering imagery on top of each other, each image representing a "potential" subject of the painting, though the content of the work is this question fo what the imagery that is given has to do with the meaning of the work.

There is a distancing from reality that takes place in the work, or an inability to determine what that reality consists of. There are fictionalized narratives, vacations that never took place. There is a growing concern with the proliferation of seemingly-disconnected narratives, the strangeness and otherness of life as it is viewed versus life as it is lived. There is the "spin" of Degas' dancers as they meet our very unstable ground, the "spin" of media and ideology, the "warp" of the digital as well as the "imbalanced" financial system.

Resume Paintings

This series of paintings began when I was in graduate school and thinking a lot about hierarchy, navigating the art world, and what it was paintings were "expected" to provide: the resume indicates my value as an artist in that world, and the paintings deliver on that promise of "the artist's life" as embedded somehow in the work. However, as the COVID-19 crisis escalated and arts venues closed, programming was cancelled, the paintings started to take on a new, more melancholic resonance and reflect more on a new reality of viewing: remotely, on screens or in books, via zoom artist lectures.

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    The Name of the Rose, 2020. Oil on digitally-printed linen; 11 x 8.5 inches.
  • Theory of Cloud

    Theory of Cloud, 2020. Oil on digitally-printed linen; 11 x 8.5 inches.
  • Disaster Chair

    Disaster Chair, 2020. Oil on digitally-printed linen; 8.5 x 11 inches.
  • The Sky's the Limit

    The Sky's the Limit, 2020. Oil on digitally-printed linen; 8.5 x 11 inches.
  • My Two-Page CV

    My Two-Page CV, 2020. Oil and acetone transfer on linen; 11 x 17 inches.
  • Disco Byron

    Disco Byron, 2020. Oil on digitally-printed linen; 8.5 x 11 inches.
  • Looking at Paintings in Books

    Looking at Paintings in Books, 2020. Oil on digitally-printed linen; 11 x 8.5 inches.
  • Zoom Precarity

    Zoom Precarity, 2020. Oil on digitally-printed linen; 11 x 8.5 inches.
  • Freud's Influence on Marx

    Freud's Influence on Marx, 2020. Oil on digitally-printed linen; 11 x 8.5 inches.
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    Exhibitionary Complex, 2020. Oil, acrylic, photograph, acetone transfer on canvas; 22 x 17 inches.

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