Kate Carvellas

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Searching for Coordinates, 2013 Assemblage © 2013
Quick Facts
Lives in
Pasadena, California
Works in
Pasadena, California
assemblage mixed-media, collage, surrealism
Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Nov, 2017
Wishlist 5
Gabba Gallery

Artist Statement

I am a self-taught artist who will use just about any medium available in order to reveal and express the images and ideas that float up from my subconscious.  These images and ideas find their way into my assemblages, abstract paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces.  I also take photographs almost every day of things that most people don't even notice.  I find great beauty in them, be they a broken tail light on a vintage van or painted arrows in a parking lot.

My work is an essential and intensely personal part of my life.  It explores and expresses the inner workings of my mind and heart in a way that words cannot express. It is my hope that when people see my work, it will somehow resonate with them on some level, be it intellectual, emotional or spiritual.

Artist Bio 

In 2004, after almost a 20 year break from making art, I began creating two-dimensional thematic montages using imagery from various magazines and clip art sources. With further exploration I began to pursue a different direction, creating, original, three dimensional collages.  In 2007 I began exploring the creative world of mixed media and assemblage and fell in love with both of these media.

11 years ago my work was made entirely of borrowed images and objects.  Through the years, I slowly began leaving my own marks on the work.  Starting out with light pencil markings to more visible lines and shapes.  As my confidence grew, so did the strength of my marks and brush strokes.  While I am is still deeply enjoying creating assemblages out of found objects, I now create work made entirely from my own hand.  These painting, at first, sprang straight from my subconscious.  Lately, however, I have also been using my own photographs as the springboard for my abstract paintings.  Abstracting reality.

Most recently my ongoing journey of creative expression has led me to a new and unexpected place.  While I have loved photography since high school, and have been taking photographs almost every day for years, I have only just begun to exhibit and sell my photographs.  I love finding beauty in the world in unexpected places.

I now find great joy working in photography, abstract painting and assemblage. In 2008 I began reading up on the history of painting and assemblage, and found inspiration in the work of artists such as Salvador Dali, Joseph Cornell and Kurt Schwitters: and more recently, the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky and Joan Miro.  Watching the documentary "The Radiant Child" about the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat had a deep impact on me and I strive to create work, not in his style, but that that has the freedom and spontaneity of his.

In 2012 I had the great pleasure of seeing the exhibit "Wonderland - The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States".  This exhibit profoundly affected me and I found kindred spirits in Louise Nevelson, Frida Kahlo and Remedios Varo and the work they have created.

Exhibit Highlights

2014 - Received Best in Show 3rd place ribbon from Mat Gleason for the "FRESH" exhibit at Southbay Contemporary/Zask Gallery

Received “Special Recognition” for "Fragmented" and "Life's Masquerade" from Upstream People Gallery’s “9th Annual Faces Online Art Exhibit”.

Received Awards of Merit at the “53rd Bold Expressions International Art Exhibit” in Carmichael, California for “Will You Still Need Me” and "Through the Looking Grass” 

Two pieces ("Process" and "Three") were chosen to be a part of The Central California Art Association & Mistlin Gallery's 57th Annual Spring Art Show. 



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