I create art from objects I find at thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets; inviting everything from vintage photographs to wooden boxes to metal hardware to "play" in my compositions. I build unexpected juxtapositions of two or more objects to see how their new relationships change the way we see them. Often, I add painted passages as counterpoints to the three-dimensional forms.
Precedents for my practice are found in the work of American Surrealist Joseph Cornell and German-born feminist sculptor Eva Hesse. Both of these 20th century masters deployed unconventional materials to "talk about" their lived experiences. I allow my artworks to similarly "talk about" my conflicts, confusions, and insights. Assembling and rearranging objects allows me to "re-construct" and redeem my personal narrative.
Kate Carvellas was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and attended George Mason University, where she received a BFA in Theater. She moved to Los Angeles in 1992 to work in the entertainment industry (Disney, etc.) It was not until 2004 that she turned her focus toward the visual arts. At first, she focused on collage, creating thematic compositions from mass media imagery. By 2007, she had transformed her practice to focus on three-dimensional objects she collected from thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets. She now invites everything from vintage photographs to wooden boxes to metal hardware to "play" in her compositions, building unexpected juxtapositions of two or more objects to see how their new relationships change the way we see them. Often, she adds painted passages as counterpoints to the three-dimensional forms.
Carvellas began exhibiting in 2008 and has expanded her practice since, with numerous solo exhibitions, even more group shows and a major installation in 2018. That same year, she won first place and the purchase prize at the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster. Her paintings and sculptures are in private collections throughout the US, from Florida and Virginia to California. Her work has been reviewed in the Pasadena Star News and Diversion LA.
Assemblage artist, sculptor, and painter, Kate Carvellas brings aged, often distressed materials into our contemporary world, challenging us to see them anew.
2018 - "My Soul is Not for Sale" - Accessioned into the Lancaster Museum of Art and History's permanent collection.
2018 - "My Soul is Not for Sale" received Best of Exhibition 1st Place in the 33rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition at MOAH: Cedar (Lancaster Museum of Art and History)
2014 - "The Priests Past By" (abstract painting on canvas) received Best in Show 3rd place award from juror Mat Gleason for the "FRESH" exhibit at Southbay Contemporary/Zask Gallery
Received “Special Recognition” for "Fragmented" and "Life's Masquerade" from Upstream People Gallery’s “9th Annual Faces Online Art Exhibit”.
Received Awards of Merit at the “53rd Bold Expressions International Art Exhibit” in Carmichael, California for “Will You Still Need Me” and "Through the Looking Grass”
Two pieces ("Process" and "Three") were chosen to be a part of The Central California Art Association & Mistlin Gallery's 57th Annual Spring Art Show.