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Carolyn Jongeward Picture Email Address: carolyn.jongeward@gmail.com

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Artist's Statement:
 

From the first brush stroke of a painting, there is a search for connection of feeling and form. Then, each application of colour augments, modifies, eradicates, or transforms what existed before. Each moment calls for beginning again, a fresh set of eyes: How will I travel in this visual space that's emerging?Points, lines, and shapes of colour become a unity, complete in itself. Layers of meaning become revealed slowly or in a flash.

My artwork features colour rhythms and patterns that generate the overall composition of an acrylic painting. Some paintings use repeated, short, straight, or curving lines that combine into discernible patterns. The patterns that form from relatively simple brush strokes - unplanned - generate and organize the composition. Dynamics of colour contrast activate the patterns. In a sense the patterns that emerge from these colour rhythms are elemental.

Block printing, by means of hand-carved lino blocks and the application of dye pigment on cotton or canvas, provides another avenue for the creation of pattern. I generate geometric lattices and pattern symmetries, and welcome all the subtle and surprising variations of colour and visual texture that the medium conveys. Some artwork combines layers of acrylic painting and block printing.

My current work continues to explore the visual relationships that emerge through combining the "refinement" of organized pattern with the disorganized or "untamed" moments and marks of painting.

Biography:
 

In 1996, Carolyn began a concentrated exploration of painting technique and image creation using acrylics and developing an improvisational approach that suited her continuing search for intuitive visual form. Since 1999, she has been painting with acrylic on canvas or cloth-covered board. She also works in mixed media, including block printing.

Carolyn has a studio at the Women's Art Association in Toronto and she is a member of the professional Canadian artists' organization, CARFAC. For many years Carolyn taught workshops and courses on tapestry, design, colour and creative process. In 1987, she received a Master of Arts at the Royal College of Art in London, England. Her research included a cross-cultural study of woven design symbolism in Navajo, Andean and Turkish textile traditions. In 1995, she completed an Education Doctorate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Her research focused on the role of creativity and arts in adult education. In 1997, she travelled to India for research supported by an Artist Fellowship from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. This led to further research and consulting on issues of improving livelihoods of craft producers, particularly women who are textile weavers and embroiderers in Asia and Eastern Europe. Carolyn now works as a freelance editor

Exhibits:
 
  • Child's World. Members' exhibit, Women's Art Association. Dignam Gallery, Toronto, ON. January 2014
  • Active Voice. Ruth Upjohn Gallery. Women's Art Association, Toronto, ON. November 2013
  • Poets' and Artists' Salon. Dignam Gallery, Toronto, ON. April 2013
  • White on White. Members' exhibit, Women's Art Association. Dignam Gallery, Toronto, ON. Dec. 2012
  • Best of Eight. Group show. Campbell House Museum. Toronto, ON. Nov. 2012
  • Studio Artists Exhibition. Dignam Gallery, Toronto, ON. August 2012
  • Art and Spirituality Group Show. Christ Church Deer Park, Toronto, ON. May 2012
  • Toward Balance: Conversations in Poetry and Art. Dignam Gallery, Toronto, ON. April 2012
  • Repetition and Variation. Ruth Upjohn Gallery. Women's Art Association, Toronto, ON. March 2012
  • ArtFest. Three artists' show. of Things Past, Toronto, ON. February 2011
  • Studio Artists of the Women's Art Association of Canada. Faculty Club, University of Toronto. Feb. 2011
  • A Spring Celebration of Art and Poetry. Dignam Gallery, Toronto, ON. April 2011
  • Studio Artists of the Women's Art Association. Boulevard Café, Toronto, ON. September 2010
  • Climate of Collaboration. Poetry reading and art exhibition. Women's Art Association Gallery. April 2010
  • Therapy through Arts second annual auction. Women's Art Association Gallery. 2010
  • Members' Exhibit. Women's Art Association Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. 2010
  • ShadowBoxes. Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, 2009
  • Mutuality in Poetry and Art. Women's Art Association Gallery. 2009
  • Resonance: Poetry and Art. Women's Art Association Gallery. 2008
  • Ruth Upjohn Gallery. Women's Art Association, Toronto, Ontario. 2007
  • Members' Exhibit. Women's Art Association Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. 2007
  • Sharing Spaces. Group show. Spadina Museum, Toronto, Ontario. 2007
  • Woven Colour Series. Solo exhibition. RIVER, Toronto, Ontario. 2005.
  • Bod & Abode. Juried exhibition. Women's Art Association Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. 2004.
  • Seven from 21. Studio Artists exhibition. Women's Art Association Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. 2004.
  • ShadowBoxes. Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Ontario. 2003, 2004.
  • Collage. Group show. Women's Art Association Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. 2003
  • Five Easy Pieces. Studio Artists exhibition. Group Women's Art Association Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. 2002.
  • Eco-Art and Media Festival. Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Ontario. 2001.
  • New Work. Three women show. Women's Art Association Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. 2000.
Associations:
 CARFAC, Women's Art Association

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