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"La Scia"

Caroline Earley &

Kate Walker

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Caroline Earley

The work made on our collaborative C.R.E.T.A. residency explores issues addressing environ-mental, social and economic challenges such as global warming and its potential future impacts. 


In a new iteration of the Aftermath series, Earley uses ancient flood maps of Rome to investigate the intersection of materiality and natural/ human made environments. Classical monuments from antiquity are inundated by climatic forces beyond human control. Viscous slip emulates the collision of destructive force and cultural endeavors.


Kate Walker’s cut canvas paintings are based on the forms of highway junctions from the ring road circling Rome. Collaged texts, embedded into impasto paint,from italian and US media sources, referencehot button political issues alongside banal events, suggesting the multitude of overwhelming voices and events that make up a constant and numbing wall of information. These provide asnapshot of current cultural conversations. 


The collaborative “tondo” series was instigated on the residency and uses variations of a generic architectural embellishment, playing on the idea of ornamentation. Inlay narrative line drawings are added to hand thrown forms, depicting motifs from classical sources as well as referencing contemporary contested issues such as immigration. 


Caroline Earley is Professor of Art, Ceramics at Boise State University and received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. In 2017, she was awarded the MoNA Luminaries Artist Award, Jeffry Mitchell Award for Sculpturefrom the Museum of Northwest Art. She was the the Premiere Award winner of the 2016 Portage Ceramic Awards and the Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Idaho Triennial. Earley exhibits internationally and is represented by Milford Galleries, Dunedin and exhibits at Whitespace Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand.

Kate Walker is a New Zealand artist currently based in the United States, where she is an Associate Professor, at Boise State University. Her work encompasses painting, performance and video. Often collaborating with groups in the community, these include choreographed performances or staged events that speak to contemporary social issues. Recent projects focus on queer bodies, and utopian and dystopian imaginings in popular culture. 


Recent grants and awards include selection as a finalist for the 2018 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Idaho Commission on the Arts Grant, Alexa Rose Foundation Grant, and residencies at the Australia National University and Whitireia New Zealand. Walker has shown her work nationally and internationally including Art from Down Under: Australia to New Zealand,Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University (2018),, Select 2,Garvey Simon, New York (2017), Out of Sight,Seattle, WA (2017), ‘REUNION’- LGBTQA Symposium Show,Greenly Gallery,Bloomsburg University PA (2017), and 28thFestival Les Instants Video, Marseilles, France (2015).


Walker received her MFA from the University of Arizona in 2005.

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