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Canadian Artist of the Week
LOOK AT THIS: Caroline Larsen’s Pixellated, ‘Woven’ Paintings (Yes, These Are Paintings)
August 22, 2014
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Sound the Alarm, 2012

LOOK AT THIS is a weekly series featuring the work of Canadian artists, designers and creators of all sorts.

Name: Caroline Larsen

Born: Toronto, 1980

Lives and works: Currently in Brooklyn, NY, where Larsen is in the second year of a Masters of Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute

Her paintings: The image above, Sound the Alarm, might look like fine needlepoint or even some kind of digital creation. But it's actually made up of tiny gobs and threads of oil paint on a canvas, part of a series called Burning Up. "In the Burning Up paintings, I was extruding paint from a bag," Caroline Larsen told "I was able to apply ribbons of paint that weave up and over themselves to render images. It's a very repetitive and rhythmic process." More recently, Larsen has used her extruded paint technique to render palm trees and cactuses and other elements of the Palm Springs landscape (you can see those paintings in the gallery, above).

What's next: "Right now I am working on a series of still life paintings. Since starting grad school I have fallen in love with ceramics, so I spend half of my time using clay. I have an upcoming exhibition in December at Mulherin in New York City that will feature both mediums."

Another Canadian artist she admires: "I really love Anders Oinonen," Larsen said, adding that it's "the colours and the way that Anders builds up the composition with layers of paint [that] attract me to his work."


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