Some artists are complete with complex intellect. Those who possess such depth tend to produce the most interesting and unique work. Mental powers combine with artistic ability to create stimulating ideas. Carolina Seth characterizes her work as a form of storytelling. She doesn’t necessarily complete the story because that would deny patrons the opportunity to fill in the blanks and therefore participate in the process.
“I enjoy being a storyteller and to unveil surprising situations through my art.
I encourage the viewer to create their own narratives, where my images are just the starting point to a fantastic voyage. No suitcase or boarding pass necessary.
As a child, Carolina was always doing something creative; painting fantasy worlds, making imaginary characters from found materials, and doodling on her textbooks, much to her teachers’ dismay…
Her fate was sealed at age 5, when she won a children’s national painting contest in her native Spain. On that day, she announced that she wanted to be an artist, forever killing her parents’ hope of their child making a decent living.
That dream was pursued as she earned a Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Madrid, studied Fashion Design, and received a certification in Graphic & Web Design from Sessions College for Professional Design in New York City.
Trained in both traditional and digital art, she effortlessly transitions from creating fun, carefree images to more abstract and complex ones.
She finds inspiration in almost everything: childhood comics and cartoons, architecture and the world of Antoni Gaudi, nature, science and technology, history, fashion, pop culture and everyday life.
Her Asian heritage and fashion background have influenced her unique style, creating sleek, visually elegant imagery, always with an element of mystery and playfulness.
Her works have been published in several publications including the Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
She has created illustration and animation for a variety of multimedia for educational programs. She illustrated the U.S. multicultural “Char Siu Bao Boy” by Sandra Yamate and “Bon Odori Dancer” by Karen Kawamoto McCoy, a book that was a Parent Council Selection. As well as Trevan Jean Edwardson’s woodland fantasy “Froggy Fun”.
Carolina is a product of living and working in several different countries, and her work reflects a distinctive style with international flair.
The artist currently lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and daughter, where she creates daily from her home studio.”
Carolina Seth refers to Antoni Gaudi, and that is not a casual reference.
“Criterion (ii): Gaudí’s work exhibits an important interchange of values closely associated with the cultural and artistic currents of his time, as represented in el Modernisme of Catalonia. It anticipated and influenced many of the forms and techniques that were relevant to the development of modern construction in the 20th century.”
Cartoons, colors, lightness, and free-spiritedness are characteristics derived from here. When observing some of her images, you may conclude that there is a self-portraiture possibility there. Perhaps her lightness and command of line work are Asian-inspired. Her funny little characters might just as well be Catalonian.
Her current exhibit contributes paintings to the ‘Pandemic’ show at the Epicure Cafe in Fairfax. It is documented on her website: http://carolinaseth.com/blog/.
The first item of Carolina’s that caught my attention at Olly-Olly Gallery was a necklace that featured an inkblot. I had to buy that one. Like other items in this category, they are miniature works of art combined with jewelry.
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