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Lived/Active: New Mexico      Known for: mixed media painting

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Carole Pryharska

Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, 1984
Northeastern Univ./European Study Seminar 1982, 1985
Northeastern Univ/Art & Art History, 1982-84
M.S.  Spec. Education/NYSU, 1981

Selected Exhibitions:             
2010  A Muse Gallery, Taos, NM
2009  A Muse Gallery, Taos, NM
2008  “singular synchronies,” A Muse, Columbus
2006  Collages- H. Heather Edelman Gallery, NYC
2006  A Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH
2001  The Poetry of Women, A Muse Gallery
1997  The Pantheon Invitational, Plaza Real, Santa Fe
1988  The Fantastic Image, Northeastern Univ. Boston
1985  Students’ Invitational, Northeastern University
1982  Boston Artists’ Invitational, Northeastern University

Selected Collections:
Siemans Corporation, Munich, Germany
Kohar Gumusyan, Brookline, Mass.
Mr. and Mrs. Leland Burpee, Jacksonville, Florida
Nancy Dickenson, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sarah Wolff, Amherst, Mass.
Darlene Olivia McElroy, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ken Collins/David Jenness, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Caren Peterson, Columbus, Ohio
Kathleen Morris, Seattle, Washington
Michelle Scissom-Fletcher, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Natalie Marshall, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dr. Elizabeth Burpee, Albuquerque, New Mexico

James, Elizabeth Ann, ART, “ A Muse Gallery:  The Poetry of Women at  A Muse,”  May 4, 2002, Columbus, OH
T. D. Mobley-Martinez, in the Arts & Entertainment, The Albuquerque Tribune, Albuquerque, NM “Green-Dreaming Her Sea,” Sept. 14, 2001
THE Magazine, “Preview:  Carole Pryharska, Paintings and Collages,” September 2001
Quattro, Joe.  “A Box Outside the Box,” Santa Fe Reporter, August 2, 2000
Albuquerque Journal North, “Bizarro-Land,” Aug. 4, 2000
Cline, Lynn.  “A Show to Highlight the Small and Sublime,” November 20, l998
Santa Fe ASID Designer Showcase insert, The New Mexican, July 3, l998
MacNeill, William. “After the Fire Guadalupe Opens New Show, “  PasaTiempo, The New Mexican, April 24, 1998.

Artist Statement:
Human nature is one and the same with the nature of all living things, plant and animal life, the planet itself.  In our materialistic times, we have forgotten or lost sight of that oneness,  allowing mechanistic thinking to dominate our world, while vitalism or the idea of a living world has been relegated to the realm of myth and superstition.   In the Renaissance, one  doctrine of humanism attempted to reduce man’s connection to the earth and other living things, while placing scientific man on a pedestal.  

My “symbioti,” figures cut, torn and collaged from art historical and more recently from contemporary contexts, are re-configured in my fantascape paintings and works on paper .  In my latest series, Re-Connections, contemporary figures are joined to the past and emphasize the all-connectedness of humans regardless of time and culture,  sharing various  aspects of past and present realilties in a fantasy landscape.   

In Wildflowers  faces from the past emerge in fantastic floral shapes rising  from leaf and river froms,  side by side, in a timeless place where natural events morph into one another:   sky is river, river morphs into vegetative forms, and clouds are anything but clouds as we know them!

In all my “fantascapes” mixed media paintings, I use color and emphasized line to celebrate and exaggerate the natural forms: leaf shapes morph into land, while cloud forms are leaves.   An ongoing interest in fractal forms can be seen in my  background composed of enlarged  and often emphasized lines that are meant to suggest the unity of all natural forms. A Day at the Beach  is an example: the shoreline is similar to the outline of a leaf,  a wave crests, several waves then recreate a field of vegetative life.   In this painting, human figures from the past ride a timeless tide, celebrating the ongoing flow of life, while sunbathers wait and watch---a metaphoric piece linked to the present only by sea, beach,  and sunglasses!

Seemingly unrelated objects, sometimes painted, sometimes collaged,  are juxtaposed to abstracted shapes,  creating a kind of tableau or dramatization of the changeable and interactive aspects of nature.   In Generation  contemporary woman “grows” from timeless roots, “seeing” through the eyes of a womanhood remembered.   This painting represents my process of a kind of stream-of-consciousness wherein a scene is played out as pieces of paper and painted shapes  are conjoined in a narrative that develops compositionally in an almost unconscious way with all the elements coming together  on  the paper, panel, or canvas backdrop, like pieces in a puzzle.  

On many of the box-pieces,  I “wrap” the narrative around the edges of the panels in an effort to create a kind of ongoing timeless tableau,  consistent with the movement of the sea and sky between which my “story” usually unfolds.   However, in all my work,  sea can be sky, and sky, the sea....up is down, clouds are leaves, in my fantasy world that embraces and expands,  encompassing all Nature.

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