My work rises to the surface of my mind from deep within my sub-consious. It is intuituve and rather compulsive. It is an attempt to make sense of the chaos that I experience in my mind and the world. Artwork allows me to explore what often feels frightening and overwhelming to me in a way that makes it visible, but also safe, which, for me, used to be two mutually exclusive states of being. Most of my work explores this dichotomy. Chaos vs order. Spontenaouty vs precision. Harmony vs disorder. Fear vs boldness. It is an ongoing, internal battle, brought to life through my assemblage, mixed media and abstract paintings.
About the Work
Creating intensely personal, vivid artworks from assemblages to abstract paintings, mixed media work, to sculptures, artist Kate Carvellas finds great beauty in the every day. Whether she’s creating mixed media work that springs up form her subconscious or working with found objects to shape assemblages that turn discarded materials into something that vibrates with new life, she’s moved to make the simple profound.
With bright-hued abstract paintings both delicate and bold and sculptural works that seem pulled from a rich inner-world, Carvellas says her work is “an essential and intensely personal part of my life. It explores and expresses the inner workings of my mind and heart in a way that words cannot.” It is the artist’s hope that those viewing her work will find it resonates on an intellectual, emotional, or spiritual level.
In 2004 Kate began creating two-dimensional thematic montages using imagery from various magazines and clip art sources. With further exploration she began to pursue a different direction, creating, original, three dimensional collages. In 2007 she began exploring the creative world of mixed media and assemblage and fell in love with both of these media.
11 years ago her work was made entirely of borrowed images and objects. Through the years, she slowly began leaving her own marks on the work. Starting out with light pencil markings to more visible lines and shapes. As her confidence grew, so did the strength of her marks and brush strokes. While she is still deeply enjoying creating assemblages out of found objects, shes now creates abstract paintings made entirely from her own hand. These painting, at first, sprang straight from her subconscious. She has also been using her own photographs as the springboard for her abstract paintings. Abstracting reality.
Her newest work has, in a sense, brought her full-circle. She is now creating abstract works that combine painting, found objects and whatever else she finds that will fullfill her vision for the work. She is thrilled about this new direction.
2014 - Received Best in Show 3rd place ribbon from 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.