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Dear friends and art lovers,

What a year this has been! It is almost impossible to put into words the hardship and loss many have experienced: from loved ones to jobs and everything in between. In many ways, it has been a blessing to be an artist this past year. Work that is very often made in solitary continued, and I found myself seeking solace in the quiet and comfort my studio provides. I often felt like a babushka nesting doll, retreating more and more inward into my studio and art practice. The process of making art provided me a platform to address the horrific inequities and racial hardships that Covid has so brightly spotlighted. As for many, these past few years have shaken me to my core and been a reckoning.

Keeping you all in the loop, I’m sharing some recent work and some of the exhibitions and projects I have participated in over the past year.

Stay tuned for my next solo show at Beacon Gallery coming later in November titled “Humanity Is Not A Spectator Sport.”

As we begin to reemerge and reengage, I look forward to seeing and hearing from you,

Caron

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The Chemistry of FiberLab

Image: Installation view of “The Chemistry of FiberLab” featuring my work, “The Sacrifice of Our Isaacs” (second from the right).

My mixed media piece, “The Sacrifice of Our Issacs” (2020), was included in the exhibition The Chemistry of FiberLab: An Exploration of Textile Arts, which was on view at Lexington Arts & Crafts Society in March. Award-winning textile artist Jodi Colella curated it; my work was included alongside 15 other artists engaged in Jodi’s dynamic fiber arts community, FiberLab.

The piece made of newspaper headlines recounts the social inequities Covid highlighted, folded into delicate leaf-life vessels and stitched onto a canvas burning bush/figure. The piece draws its title from the Biblical story in which Abraham is instructed to sacrifice his first-born son, Isaac, to God and explores the sacrifices our society makes of the most vulnerable within our society.

Learn more about the exhibition

Tiny Pricks

I was thrilled to participate in a recent public art project organized by artist Diana Weymar. Tiny Pricks set out to be the largest textile Trump protest ever. For the project, Weymar put out a call for artists worldwide to stitch Trump quotes as a means of creating a material record of his presidency. The idea was to counter the impermanence of Twitter and other social media, which have provided a haven for his words until now while holding space for creative space in a tumultuous political climate.

My submissions to the project included a bra stuffed with red paper mache and embroidered with the quote “She’s always been very voluptuous,” a female figure made of nylons and satin stitched with the words “she does have a very nice figure. If she weren’t my daughter perhaps, I’d be dating her”, both quotes were said by Trump about his daughter, Ivanka. My third contribution was a torched linen doily complete with a tag recounting Trump’s suggestion that injecting disinfectant could be a solution for the Covid 19 pandemic. The pieces were featured along with selected others at Beacon Gallery in Boston.

Go to the Tiny Pricks Website

Brighter Together

This past December I was included in the city-wide “Brighter Connected” initiative organized by The Jewish Arts Collaborative. This project brought the light of Hanukkah to eight Boston-area neighborhoods through works of art in windows across town. My installation, The Light from Within, was designed in collaboration with teen artists in the Artists for Humanity program who reside in the neighborhood and employees of the Bowdoin Street Health Care Center. The installation paid homage to the dedicated employees of the Bowdoin Street Health Care Center who cared for the most vulnerable and sickest during the Covid 19 pandemic which took a disproportionate toll on this community.

Learn more at JArtsBoston.org

Surface Design Cover

I was honored to have my work, “Let Us Pray; Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” featured on the cover of the Fall 2020 Surface Design magazine. The issue was dedicated to an exhibition in print titled “Devotion: Sewing the Sacred” posed the question: What does devotion look like in material form?

Made with acrylic, latex paint, thread, twine, tree bark, canvas, heatset lettering, monofilament, the work takes the form of a Tallit (a traditional Jewish prayer shawl) stitched with the poem by Emma Lazarus, which is inscribed on the statue of liberty. This piece, to me, embodies the dual devotion that characterizes my work, that of a social activist and a Jewish woman. This piece was also included in a recent show at the Ethan Cohen Gallery in Beacon, New York, as part of the Darkest Before Dawn exhibition.

Learn more about the exhibition in print by clicking the button below.

Go to SurfaceDesign.org

New Website

Finally, I am thrilled to announce that my website has a whole new look! I am excited to have a digital space to archive and share my projects. Many thanks to Casey Curry for her incredible help in making this happen. Take a look at the link below.

See my new website
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