Printed on 310gsm hahnemuhle paper
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“I am deeply interested in investigating ways of seeing and perception. We all bring our own filters to the visual table. With this regard, I present objects in a way that challenges our interpretation of them. Using a camera - a tool whose primary purpose is to record reality faithfully and document without bias - I instead subvert the process to create fictional and imaginary landscapes and still lives. My work culls and distorts everyday subjects and plays with scale and orientation, repetition, and incongruence. I introduce painting and explore collage in my process to create a familiar landscape, but one not of this world”.
This body of work was inspired by the garden planted by a free-spirited, beautiful young French chef who farmed on our property for two wonderful farm-to-table years. In between rows of tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash and so many other delectable edibles, she planted swaths of dahlias, cosmos, and wildflowers too many to name. I started documenting these blooms in their various forms and created an archive of images. During Covid, when everything around us went dark, I reached for color and the Bloom series was born.
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Based in: Arroyo Grande
Carol Paquet was born in Northern Rhodesia, (now Zambia), of a British father and a South African mother. In 1963, her family left Northern Rhodesia prior to that country’s independence and settled in South Africa. She subsequently attended the College of Art in Johannesburg where she majored in Graphic Design. This was followed by a career as an Art Director in advertising and during this time she worked in Cape Town and Johannesburg (South Africa), in London (UK) and in Southern California (USA). Throughout this period she continued with privately sponsored education in the Fine Arts and was fortunate to have studied with William Kentridge (now an internationally acclaimed artist) in Johannesburg.
Paquet has spent many years living abroad and has traveled widely. Johannesburg, Cape Town, Munich, London and Toronto have been her homes as has Oakland, California. She now resides on the Central Coast, California.
Her work is in private collections in the United States as well as the Monte Carlo Hotel, Las Vegas NV., The Tabor Westin Hotel, Denver., CO The Hyatt Regency, Sacramento, CA and the Atlanta Grand Hyatt, Atlanta, GA. and Hotel Cerro, San Luis Obispo, California. USA
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