Tangible/Intangible watercolor, graphite, ink, acrylic, colored pencil, paper 30x45x4” 2014
I’m interested in Deep History, how the layers fit together, finding remnants of the past in the present and examining the accretion. Origination comes with the caveat that originality is built on what preceded.
Charms, myth, sacrifice and ritual, we are creatures seeking the meaning of our being. Bodies of thought evolve but reach no conclusion. Deep history haunts us with imagery and word. Are we any closer to knowing?
One commonality that remains consistent is the expression of ideas through art. Visual art, the oldest surviving remnant of our early worldview, beguiles with mysterious imagery often focusing attention on the miracle of regeneration through exaggerated form. The earliest examples exhibit a sense of time and self-awareness related through references to pregnancy, animal migration, celestial movement, and even multi-generational hand prints.
Virtually all art is self-referential to our species, whether abstract or representational. We process what we see into “how it relates to me” artistic expression where the artist speaks to the experience of all.
My work comes from the crystalizing of layers of history, making objects that reflect on the deep past. These are totems of the compressed knowledge that lives just below our consciousness deep inside our DNA.
I have lived on a farm for most of my life and settled in my Vermont studio in 2000. I hold a degree in theatrical design from Rutgers University and spent years working in the theater. My work has been exhibited regionally and nationally. I am the recipient of two Vermont Arts Endowment Awards, a jury award from the 2016 Festival of Fine Arts Exhibition in Burlington, Vt, and a painting merit award from the Chaffee Center for the Arts in Rutland, Vt.
Coatlique Mask wire, mica, screen, found objects, ink 48x30x8” 2014
“Blazing across a gray stone wall, Hack’s piece “Sowing Good Will” surprises and pleases. A riot of chartreuse, yellow and orange, it lights the entire large room with its warmth. A closer look reveals how Hack created this suffusion of tendrils; how she made the paper live and escape from flatness. You should see it.”
“Carolyn Enz Hack has provided Rutland with a fine exhibit. With a quick look a viewer can appreciate the beauty of paper, pencil, paint and wire. But a careful gaze will show fundamental energy waiting to be released.”
Victoria Crain August 28, 2014
Arts Correspondent | Rutland Herald
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Sowing Good Will hi tec kozo paper, wire, acrylic, mirror 55x125x15 2012
Encountering -the Space Between at Studio Place Arts