Caroline Z. Marcos
Mixed Media and Encaustic.
I am intrigued by color and form and experiment with them to create works about and for meditation and introspection. For me it is an act of meditation itself to make the work and I often explore personal narratives, symbols and archetypes, much like the traditional meditative imagery of mandalas. Some of my pieces tell a story, with symbols like birds and femininity which allude to a memory, a dream, the past and present.
Often times I incorporate text as a pictorial element that sometimes clarifies or convolutes the narrative. Text is both a visual element and an information tool. Abstracted color and natural forms are overlaid with text, collage material and encaustic wax. This approach to working in mixed media lends itself to creating a visceral world made with multiple layers, an approach that imbues the work with meaning. This layering process acts as a metaphor for the layering of the soul, the depth of the unconscious which is the well from which my imagery is extracted.
When I'm not working in Mixed Media; my other preferred Media is Watercolor. The unpredictability of the media works well with the minds free associations. My watercolor abstractions are like ocean waves dark with psychological depth and ephemeral like the existence of a wave. When I'm not looking within, I'm often inspired by nature. I long to capture that quiet beauty found in nature, and amplify the spiritual connection it so reflects.
As an Orthodox Christian born in Egypt, and as an American, two main figures influence my work; that of the American artist Georgia O’Keefe and the father of monasticism, St. Anthony the Great. I especially admire the quiet solitude which both of these figures spent their lives trying to capture. I believe Georgia O'Keefe couldn’t have brought the world's attention to seemingly insignificant natural imagery, giving presence to bones, flowers and clouds, without her quiet solitude in the New Mexico desert. This quiet solitude can take one to a desert within, much like the desert of Egypt, where the first monastic, St. Anthony the Great set foot to venture the same internal terrain. There he discovered light and dark, deceptions and truth and struggled to hold onto the light and truth. The inner desert is full of rich unconscious imagery that I’m excited to elucidate everyday. One can easily recognize how this quest is lifelong.