Cara Crowley Selected Works
Download And Don’t Come Back Oil on Paper on Canvas 18’’x24’’ April 2019 (1.1 MB)
Download Collecting Oil on Panel 12”x12” February 2019 (1.1 MB)
Download Get Together Oil on panel 12”x12” February 2019 (1.3 MB)
Download I Know Heaven Is A Place On Earth 1 Oil on Panel 2ftx4ft February 2019 (551 KB)
Download Look Elsewhere Oil on Panel 2ftx2ft March 2019 (933 KB)
Download Neighborly Oil on Paper on Canvas 2ftx2ft April 2019 (1.3 MB)
Download Secluded Oil on Panel 12”x12” February 2019 (996 KB)
Download Ulster Oil on Panel 2ftx2ft March 2019 (983 KB)
Download Confrontation Oil on Panel 12”x24” February 2019 (252 KB)
Download I Know Heaven Is A Place On Earth 2 Oil on Panel 4ftx2ft February 2019 (539 KB)
Download My Room Oil on Paper on Canvas 18’’x24’’ March 2019 (766 KB)
Download People I Can’t Know Oil on Paper on Canvas 18’’x24’’ April 2019 (1.0 MB)
Download Pull Threads Together Oil on Panel 2ftx2ft March 2019 (1.1 MB)
Download That’s Not What You Want Oil on Paper on Canvas 12’’x16’’ April 2019 (801 KB)
Download Blinds Oil on panel 12”X24” February 2019 (225 KB)
Download Ranch Dr. Oil on Canvas 18”x 24” November 2018 (1.6 MB)
Download Spring Meadows Dr. Oil on Canvas 18”x24” November 2018 (866 KB)
Download Untitled Oil on canvas 24”x24” November 2018 (899 KB)
Download Untitled Oil on Canvas 24”x 24” November 2018 (1.0 MB)
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When someone presents nothing about themselves to anyone other people rush in to fill the gaps in this person’s behavior. In my work I like to explore inevitable duplicity of living, such as the mind versus the body and saying versus thinking. When I create an image, I try to think about what I can hide and what I can reveal in the picture plane and how that impacts the meaning of the work. Layering imagery allows me to cover up and reveal different things in the composition, through this method, I can push certain things backwards and accentuate others by pulling them forward. I am drawn to high contrast and value because of its dual nature and as a reference to “black and white thinking”, which is prevalent in anxiety and stress.
When I look at other peoples’ work, I am most drawn to expressive line work and color in terms of their process. Artists like Ernst Kirchner, Francis Picabia, and Danielle Klebes interest me because of their use of highly saturated pigment and compositions that make the viewer feel unsettled. For me their works show how uncomfortable certain social interactions or spaces can become.
The subject matter of my work most often applies to my own life, but I use silhouetted figures and objects to create spaces, or situations that become universal. These spaces and figures become confusing and alarming with the addition of skewed perspective and unreadable details. The unavailability of the figure makes the viewer feel these people are unapproachable, or dangerous in some way. Unavailability in spaces without the figure is created by making the spaces flat with intrusive shapes, emptying picture frames, and making the space outside of windows and doors vague. All of this makes the audience feel trapped and alarmed by domestic spaces which are typically viewed as safe havens.
Mike Martin, Danielle Mužina
Pull Threads Together
Oil on Panel
Crowley, Cara, "Cara Crowley Selected Works" (2019). Professional Practices (ART 399). 60.