Across the Universe

Piece description from the artist

Early on I was drawn to still life, as objects have emotional power of their own. I started honing in on toys, mostly old, vintage, which suggested to me the idea of moving through time. They struck a chord, with notes of nostalgia, sadness, fear, and laughter. This subject matter has produced work that is in the service of my interest in, memories of, and reflections on childhood. Our past profoundly affects the present and childhood is the most influential time in one’s life. My latest works touch on these universal themes.

In this painting abstracting from these childhood objects takes them away from the literal, suggesting our own unique experiences. This abstraction serves as a metaphor leading to our personal interpretations of their meaning. This painting suggests bringing past and present together in one expansive, dream-like space.

Other works by Carolyn Oberst

About Carolyn Oberst

New York, NY

Carolyn Oberst originally pursued a career in NYC as a clothing designer and formed her own company specializing in women’s wear. She discovered a love of painting while creating her own fabrics using a brush with paints and dyes. This discovery inspired her to close her successful business in order to concentrate on fine art. She then studied painting and drawing at the Art Student’s League of NY and at the New York Studio School before setting up her own painting studio.

Carolyn's work has been shown in one person, two person and group shows in various galleries and venues in NYC and beyond. She has had solo exhibitions at the Willoughby Sharpe Gallery in NYC, the Margaret Bodell Gallery in NYC, and M55 Art in LIC, NY. Recent exhibitions include a major two-person show at the Vit Gallery in Seoul, S. Korea (2011).

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