CAROLUS

Human figure is at the heart of Carolus’ paintings, more precisely the face, which she paints in an almost obsessive manner. Through rugged and deliberate gestures that demonstrate its tendencies and almost reveals its true nature, and in which oscillations in the painter’s own nature may also be discerned. Profoundly touched by her travels to Asia, Africa and Latin America, where she became intimately acquainted with these far-off peoples, an approach that broadened her culture and stimulated her creative impulses. From the beginning, she concentrated on the face as the symbolic messenger of a range of emotions. She opted for the series format to illustrate variations in her faces, although the faces ultimately mix one with another, as a result of both the singular technique employed and the spirit emanating from each. Only the titles of the theme-based cycles and certain aspects of clothing provide revealing clues, which goes well beyond that of simple representation. Her faces, which may be indifferently male or female, are adorned with headwear, whether monochrome or richly coloured with overhanging eye sockets set above thick lips, all held within oval forms divested of any neck and generally divided along the midline into two sections, one lighter than the other. Thus, the point of contemplation no longer offers its presence but only reminiscence. The image is transformed into a magmatic flow, an explosion of colors. Moreover, to convey her vision of people, Carolus prefers the blaze of contrasting colours and the principle of freshly applied materials, spread across the canvas via pieces of cardboard in place of brushes. What is lost in tonal gradation is gained in frankness of execution and in efficiency regarding the structural content of the frame. Enfolded in the swirls of rough materials, Carolus’ figures suddenly become filled with returning emotion that reverberates through their lost and enigmatic regard, encased in poignant solitude. While this figurative approach seeking to express the real stripped of its multiple disguises may at first glance appear rooted in Realism, the paintings of Carolus remain more closely related to the grim tradition of Expressionism, this art of excess and exaggeration regarding its human references. In any event, we have before us a powerful and homogeneous work that combines reminiscence with the present moment, uniting the force of symbols with the purity of primitive inspiration. Carolus exhibited her artwork in America, Europe and Asia and participated in various art fairs. Bio: Born in 1973 in the South of France, Carolus grew up in Paris. Even as a child she draws and continued his studies at the Fine Art of Paris. Then she left for the United States and studied at Parsons School of Design in New York. Once her studies completed, she starts traveling around the globe and all these trips will have a significant influence on her artistic views. 

 

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