CSA Artist Spotlight: Caitlin Cary

Introducing the Artspace CSA, a new way to buy local and support artists. Eight Artspace member artists were selected to participate in our first CSA. Each will produce a series of 50 works of art; the resulting 50 shares of the CSA contain one work of art from each artist. Find out more about each of the participating CSA artists in this series.

How long have you been an Artspace member? I have been a member for about a year. I started my Regional Emerging Artist Residency in July 2015 and am staying on – find me in studio 110 in the new year!

How and when did you become an artist? I’ve always been an artist. I joke that I’m a recovering musician. I spent most of my 20s and 30s recording, touring, and playing music with a bunch of different bands, but when I was home I was always making see-able art and participating in very informal art shows around town. It’s only been in the last few years that I have shifted my professional focus toward visual art and that all has to do with striking on this particular process that feels like a new arrival: work that I love doing and that’s appealing to lots of people.

Tell us a little bit about your process. I started by making gift cards and selling them at local markets. I now work from drawings or photographs that become the pattern for piecing fabric which I then glue to paper and sew lines so that what I end up with is a detailed collage done in fabric that is and intricate abstraction based on a photograph.

What can shareholders expect from your contribution to the CSA? My husband is a screen printer and recently we embarked on some collaborative work. He and I will decide on an image and screen print it, and then I will add to it with fabric and thread. I plan on choosing an iconographic North Carolina image – one that evokes a distinct sense of place. My work tends to focus on humble landmarks point up the relationship of art to troublesome histories: poverty vs. wealth, rural vs. urban, preservation vs. development, and commerce vs. beauty. The underlying print will be the same for all shares, but each individual piece will be unique, embellished by fabric, stitch and imagination.

What does being a part of the CSA mean to you? It’s exciting. I view the CSA as an opportunity to connect with people who don’t know my work yet. I think it’s a really great concept. I wish I had known about it before all my walls were full. I think that obtaining art from the community is one of the ways that you get to know where you are and support that place and the people who make it. When I think about my walls at home, they are all full of art from people that I know personally who are from here and who I feel a connection with the bigger world when I go into the smaller world of my own art collection. I think that’s a great way to feel about what’s on your walls.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? Each piece I create usually takes about a week’s worth of day job hours to create. This project calls for more spontaneity and I look forward to that challenge. I love to collaborate with my husband on art, and this will make us make time to work together.

Listen to Caitlin on WUNC’s The State of Things!

About Brett Morris

Brett is the Programs Assistant at Artspace, Inc. He graduated from NC State University in 2013 with a BA in Art + Design and has years of experience in helping to run a summer arts program, having been a counselor and a coordinator at the Design Camp at CAM Raleigh and NCSU. He is also a skilled photographer, graphic designer, screen printer, and has organized and installed exhibitions.

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