Exploring paradoxical current affairs and our tendency to feel powerless to confront the crises of our existing surroundings, I use a wide array of materials including, found objects, craft oriented assemblages, fabric and recycled items to create sculptural platforms where material and concept meet to transform space and the way we view it. The work speaks to interactions between human civilizations, hierarchical powers of societal success, relationships, and nature with an emotional resonance that takes the works beyond any one of these single issues and into a universal realm. In a culture obsessed with mass production and disposability my work is a conduit of my opposition to this standard. With laborious craft and a handmade touch, the imperfections and human attributes of burdens, failures and achievements of our everyday are exposed.
Carolyn Salas is a New York based sculpture and installation artist. She received her BFA from the College of Santa Fe, NM and her MFA from Hunter College, NY. Salas has attended the Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, Djerassi Art Residency and The Chashama Studio Program. Her work has been shown widely in the USA as well as internationally at Urbis, Manchester, England, Gallery Nordine Zidoun, Luxembourg, Priska Juschka Fine Art, New York, Art Space, Connecticut, Silly Thing Gallery, Hong Kong, The Hudson Valley for Contemporary Art, New York, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, the Berkshire Museum, Massachusetts and The Elizabeth Foundation Gallery, New York. Her works have been written about in the New York Times, The Village Voice, Chelsea Now Magazine, The New York's Arts Magazine and Salas was one of twenty featured artists in the book, "By Hand, The Use of Craft in Contemporary Art".