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Artist ID: 2544

My work explores thoughts and feelings about feminine experience and its intersection with religion, relationship and objecthood. Growing up in rural Appalachia and the greater southeast, my childhood was filled with women who indulged their desire to create beauty and escapism through objects and decoration. The use of the home as a place of self-expression ranged from elaborate yard displays to homes filled with images of swans, pink seashells, wax fruit, and occasional precious heirlooms. These more austere objects contrasted to the casual pop culture memorabilia, precious moments dolls, and commodified religious iconography ubiquitous in my early surroundings. In my work, these influences become installations of imagined places where objects and their environment influence each other in unexpected ways. This work creates a physical manifestation of the complex sentimental relationship between people, and the objects they love. My favorite narratives to assemble blend fantasy and reality to challenge ideas surrounding objects, decorative history, and our cultural mythology. The stories in these pieces are familiar, but devoid of easy moral conclusions or clear endings.

Caro Burks is a West Virginian who completed her BFA in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. She held a post-baccalaureate position at the University of Arkansas from 2015-2017 and completed her MFA at Southern Illinois University in the Spring of 2020. She has been in multiple juried and two person exhibitions nationally, and her Solo Exhibition Bitter and Sour opened in May 2021 at SHAG space in Charlotte NC. She has been an artist in resident at Penland School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and is currently the long-term resident at the New Harmony Clay Project. She works and resides in Richmond VA with her partner, and their two badly behaved, but beloved dogs.

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