haunted

  I have an addiction to photographing the abandoned building I find all around this beautiful island.  I am completely drawn to them, despite the insects, mold, and scratchy plant life that inevitably await me within and around these structures.  Because of this recent obsession, I have an abundance of photos of these vacant homes. …

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nature reclaims itself

Janela Verde, photo/copyright: Carly Swenson 2011 As I mentioned before, Terceira has many abandoned and desolate structures.  These contemporary ruins fascinate me.  I admire how nature seems to have an unlimited ability to reclaims itself.   Grown Among Broken Glass, photo/copyright: Carly Swenson 2011 Once these structures are neglected, the paint peels away; dust and dirt…

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journal process: every six seconds

Image 1:  I have used blue and white acrylic paints with a hint of violet iridescent powder.  The paint was initially mixed on the right page with a 1” wide flat brush and then moved about the pages with a palette knife.  The powder creates a rich shimmery color, but a little goes a long way. …

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visually unwritten

At Home, 2011, 6″x6″ visual journal pages I kept written journals a couple times throughout my childhood, but I never really enjoyed the process.  I loved the concept but hated the reality.  I liked the idea of a book just for me, keeping my feelings and memories.  However, everything I wrote felt trivial.  I disliked…

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abandoned virgins

Remains, photo/copyright: Carly Swenson 2011 The sky is cloudy and grey, a light rain seems to turn motionless in the air creating a fine mist.  My mother and I walk across a small concrete bridge over the shallow remains of a riverbed.  The water is now a gently flowing creek, with only a couple ducks…

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defined by gender

Female roles, gender socialization, cultural expectations and concepts of femininity have a continual affect on my artistic imagery.  I have taken a moment to explain in more details this influence as it applies to specific works.  Please bare in mind, these are simply my thoughts and emotions portrayed in these pieces, however–I highly encourage (and…

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