My paintings are a direct result of the immediate painting process, imbued with spiritual connection, and personal memory. They are states of being ever evolving as I paint. They are intuitive dialogues with the paint and textural surfaces. Each permutation of the painting unfolds naturally into the next part of the artwork until it is complete. Each painting originates from unformed recollections of place and memory. My color choices mirror residual memory, emotions and places. I love the ever-changing visual splendor of our natural and urban worlds, with all its grit, and beauty. I delve into the drama of life. And I mine into the depths of my heart as I work. Abstraction flows naturally, and sometimes symbols and figures assert themselves into the art, as ghosts unexpectedly reveal themselves. My paintings have mystery which leave space for the viewer to enjoy and interpret on their own. I see our lives and our world as a tapestry that winds towards meaning, unravels, and reweaves again into new surprising pictures. My paintings are like this process. Hints of meaning and the unknown are woven together. They relate to states being and seeing.
Art has been the anchor and the force behind my life for as long as I can remember. Making art, seeing art, living with art are essential to who I am. Sharing what I do, and teaching others to enjoy art is so important.
Catherine Carilli works currently in Mixed Media, Painting, Asian Inks, and Encaustics. Her paintings range from bold abstraction, to subtle calligraphic ink drawings, to rich encaustics. Catherine is influenced by the natural and urban worlds, and often reflects on Modernism and the importance of the individual mark. Her work reflects the belief that art is a timeless, wordless communication; beautiful, and emotive. The origin of her work lies in personal imaginative story,abstraction, and a love for materials. Her art holds enigmatic narrative, honors the beauty of this earth, and human spirit.
Many art museums and galleries have featured her artwork including: The Overture Center formerly known as The Madison Wisconsin Art Center; Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art (FCMOCA); University of Wisconsin; LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA; University of Wyoming; Ucross Foundation; University of New Mexico; The Longmont Museum and Cultural Center; Kirkland Museum and Steinbaum Krause Gallery in NYC, to name a few from her resume. She exhibits her work in Denver at Next Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland and formerly at SPARK Gallery.
Carilli is an active member of Boulder County’s and Denver’s art communities. Her artwork is regularly reviewed by art critics. Mary Chandler, for The Rocky Mountain News, mentioned her artwork as a “great “ addition to a recent Rocky Mountain Biennial . Jay Gluckstern, for The Boulder Daily Camera, wrote of a recent exhibition, “ In some instances, Carilli’s surfaces take on the solidity of stone; in others the random beauty of a drop cloth. Together, those qualities combine to suggest both the weight and wake of creation.”
Catherine Carilli’s artwork is in The Permanent Collection of 20th Century Modernism by Colorado Artists, at the Vance Kirkland Museum in Denver, Colorado. Carilli is currently teaching Studio Art and Art History at Front Range Community College in Boulder County. Many Colleges have invited Carilli to lecture including: The University of Denver, in Colorado, and Lewis Clark College in Idaho. She is thankful to all the private and public collectors who have acquired her artwork.