I am native to the Northeast US and have lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1991. I hold a BFA (Printmaking & Photography) from The University of Delaware and an MFA (Interdisciplinary Studies) from The University of Washington. I have exhibited my work in numerous locations including Philadelphia PA, Baltimore MD, Seattle WA and Los Angeles CA. A book that I self-published as a studio work in 1998, ‘The Book of Answers’ , has been translated into 30+ languages and has continued to remain in print since 1999. It is presently being produced domestically with Hachette Books and internationally with multiple houses.
I incorporate drawing, fictional language elements and at times, interactive components. I use mark making as a way to build mass and sequence often through obsessive repetition.
“Mark making is the impulse of my studio work. I experience and use drawing as a direct, intimate act and language that asks of me full attention. I am energized and motivated to experience the click that can occur in the process when marks fit into a place that feels right. I use ink, acrylics, sponges, sticks, brushes and pens, sometimes with handmade tools. I usually work on paper.
There are times that a single line can be enough and others when the accumulation of them is what makes a meaningful sequence. Like words and experiences, it can be the accumulation that makes for meaning and fulfillment. There are also times that it’s the space in between marks that make the conversation complete. My drawings grow out of movement and are often inspired by nature and my experience in it. Creating a drawing is an exchange, I keep moving, staying in the moment, hoping to catch the liveness and the relationship that a series or phrases of lines, shapes and colors can make.”
I look forward to hearing from you. Contact me about available works and works in progress through DM on social media or the email link below. Thank you, Carol Bolt
“Drawing is the mechanism through which I think the world”