Carole P. Kunstadt » Profile


Woodstock NY


Personal Statement

Sacred Poem Series:

Pages from a Parish Psalmody dated 1844 and 1849 are manipulated and recombined, resulting in a presentation that evokes an ecumenical offering - poems of praise and gratitude. The focus is the temporal quality of our lives and the vulnerability of memory and history.

Visually there is a consistent and measured cadence to a page of psalms which is echoed in the repetitive weaving or restructuring of the paper. The intended use, as well as the nature of a psalm as spiritual repository, both imply a tradition of careful devotion and pious reverence. This process of interaction is played out visually in the pieces, mimicking the internal experience.

Markings Series:

Lines of script from a New England journal dated 1858 -1863 provide flowing, curvilinear marks on paper. I have selected them for their interesting form - the fluid human strokes, the sepia tones and the personal history they imply. While suggestive of anecdotes and insights these selected strips of paper visually weave in and out of the painted surface. Through the use of collage, letters and words form fragmented records of the past that we cannot decipher but intrigue us nevertheless.

Fragments of these purposeful marks are transformed into a new visual language when edited and juxtaposed with color fields of gouache. Layered amongst washes of watercolor, the collage elements add depth while drawing the eye through the work. The linear repetition suggests a continued process leading us to another level of understanding and perception. As each line ‘speaks’ and interacts with the other, a new presence quietly develops and builds upon the remnants of previous generations. Repetitive lines of stitching reinforce the newly established merger of these elements and remind us of the persistence of time as well as the tenuous quality of life. Past and present meet in an intimate and delicate manner.

“Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence” —Friedrich Nietzsche


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