Read the Abecedary Project By Carolyn Garrett Hardy:
Compresssed Landscape Abecedary Project READY TO PRINT 8-18-2021 copy-compressed (2)
Available in print for $60. Contact prof.csgarrett@gmail.com.

With references to a fascination for Japanese artistic traditions, Caroline Hardy seeks visual harmony with spiritual connections, shared visual terminology, and subjective responses that draw attention to the elegance of ordinary things. Hardy is a distinguished artist both in the field of printmaking and paper arts. While she started out in printmaking and 2D design, she has moved primarily to working with paper in recent years. Her works vary from paper-mache animals to kimonos. In each work, she attempts to put her artistic vision into an understandable form for her audience.

Hardy has made it a practice to take rubbings of interesting textures when she travels, such as manhole covers in Japan and street markers in Spain. She incorporates these rubbings into her paper works to add texture and an element of fragmentation. Next to these rubbings she places recycled papers and fine Japanese rice paper. Mixing these materials creates an unexpected play on color and pattern, providing a treat for the eye.

Hardy is currently working on her Abecedary, a collection of 26 kimonos inspired by each letter of the alphabet. She has taught at several institutions, including Christopher Newport University.

Caroline received a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MA from Ohio State University and an MFA in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Caroline’s artwork has been exhibited in Berlin, Germany and at numerous galleries across the region. Works can be found in rare books and private collections to include the Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy, the home of General Anatoly Kuntsevich in Moscow, Russia, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Windsor Castle in England and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in NY.  

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