Carol Flaitz uses abstraction to develop paintings with textured mediums that are inspired by electron microscope scientific imagery. In a world only one millionth of a meter tall, there abides geological landscapes that have inspired her development of a new visual frontier. Using aspects of these images as a starting point, Flaitz develops profound textural images of a questionable scale.
Originally a ceramic artist, Flaitz seeks to combine the organic feel of ceramic glazing with these mysterious electronic landscapes. This is done by using a myriad of mediums including acrylics, crystalline salts, ground glass, damar and polymer resin, encaustic and burnt wood resulting in paintings rich in so rich in texture that touching them becomes a sensuous experience. Each painting is done on a maple and birch veneer plywood and framed with hand-made poplar frames built individually for each piece.
Flaitz’ artistic career began at the age of thirteen under the instruction of Katherine Nelson, a student of Hans Hoffman. Raised in Alfred, NY, which is also home to the College of Ceramics, she received her BFA degree there and then went on to receive her MA in ceramic sculpture at the University of Wales in Cardiff, Wales.
Recent Exhibitions and Awards
“Color and Dimension” Beacon Artist Union, Beacon, NY, 2013
“Metal Logic”, Mindy Ross Gallery, SUNY Orange College, Newburgh, 2013
“Chromatic Visions”, Gallery 66 NY,Cold Spring, NY, 2013
“TRANSported”, Brookfield Plaza, New York City, NY, 2013
“Nachberichten”, Kunstleben, Berlin, Germany, 2013
Transitions”, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York City, 2013
“One Billionth of a Meter”, SUNY Orange, Middletown, NY, 2012
“bau @ Marina”, Marina Gallery, Cold Spring, NY, 2012
“One Billionth of a Meter”, The George Walters Gallery, Elmira College, Elmira, NY, 2012
“Touching One Billionth of a Meter”, Skylight Gallery, New York City, NY, 2012
“Pursuant To”, Franklin 54 Gallery, New York City, NY, 2012
“Down the Rabbit Hole; Where Science and Art Meet”, bau Gallery, Beacon, NY, 2012
“Panta Rhei”, Stadwerks, Witten, Germany, 2012
“New York Meets Berlin”, Kunstleben, Germany, 2012
"Epic landscapes beneath the microscope have inspired my production of multi-media landscapes that provoke profound questions regarding our relationship to scale and scientific discovery." - C. Flaitz