VIVIANNE LEE CAREY

 

 

        The objects and installations which I create are a metaphor for the darker aspects of life but with a regenerative perspective. Like a beautiful nightmare, these objects, made from primarily glass and steel are reminiscent of haunted treasures found in a reliquary. Filthy pearls, oil-stained rags, sharpened nails and glass shards are juxtaposed against a white ambience to reflect innocence, evil and divinity, grace and disgrace.

 

        "The Pearly Gate is a haunted expression of the spiritual and temporal essence of humanity." Frederick Parrish, poet, stated “Given that The Pearly Gates historically conjure up metaphorical light; a moving toward that light: Vivianne's bats remind the viewer that darkness is every bit as relevant in our spiritual realm. It is in darkness that we dream and are restored. In the light we follow those dreams. Pearly Gates, you are a celebration of life." The art work, installations, sculpture and prints of Vivianne Lee Carey creatively merge into a powerful viewing experience. The artist wrestles with the dichotomy between darkness, melancholy, spirituality and joy in her sculptures, paintings, prints and installations made from everyday discards and found objects. The bits and pieces of detritus - oily rags, filthy pearls, and cherished bits of poems and wine bottle corks rematerialize into dark romantic corsets, mysterious bottles, crystal balls and formidable chairs. These images generate an atmosphere that evokes a sense of memory and leaves behind a remnant of the human touch to create a sacred poetic space.

 

 

       

VIVIANNE LEE CAREY

253 Winfield Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29302,  viviannecarey@hotmail.com

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS* one person shows

2018 - "HerStory" Radford University, Art Museum at the Covington Center, Radford, Virgina.

2018 - "Cinderella: The Sequel", Juried Exhibition, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

2017 - *"Cinderella: The Sequel", Regional Juried Exhibition, Artfields, Lake City, SC.
2016 - *"Cinderella: The Sequel", Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC.
2016 - *"Viva Vita Dolorosa", MFA thesis show, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.
2015 - "Annual Faculty Show”, Converse College, Milliken Gallery, Spartanburg, SC.
2014* - "Given a Stone and Three Moons", McLaurin Gallery, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
2014  - "A Pearly Gate" Regional Juried Exhibition, Artfields, Lake City, SC
2014  - "Concord and Flow", Milliken Art Gallery, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC.
2014 -  “Artist Guild Annual Juried Exhibition”, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC.
2014 - "May at the Aiken Center for the Arts", Aiken, SC
2014 -  “Artist Guild Annual Juried Exhibition”, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC.
2013 - "The 39th Dept. of Art & Design Faculty Show", Milliken Art Gallery, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC
2013 - "Inspired by Musicals", Milliken Art Gallery, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC.
2013 – “Works in Progress” Winthrop University, Patrick Gallery, Rock Hill, SC.
2013* - Vivianne Carey, McLaurin Gallery, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.
2012 - Halloween Show, McLaurin Gallery, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.
2011 – “Works in Progress” Winthrop University, Patrick Gallery, Rock Hill, SC.
2010 – “Artist Guild Annual Juried Exhibition”, Carolina Gallery, Spartanburg, SC.
2010* – “Hair of the Dog”, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, SC.
2008 – “Artist Guild Annual Juried Exhibition”, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC.
2008 – Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2006 – “Artist Guild Annual Juried Exhibition”, Milliken & Parsons Galleries, Spartanburg, SC.
2002 – “Alumni Art Exhibit”, Converse College, Milliken Gallery, Spartanburg, SC.
1996 – “Recent Work”, a two person show at Gallery 522, Spartanburg, SC
1992* – “Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut”, Milliken and Parsons Galleries, Spartanburg, SC.
1991* – “Obsession” Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, North Carolina, (curator, J. Haymaker).
1991 – “Women in the 1990's”, Fridholm Fine Arts Gallery, Broadway Arts, Asheville, NC.
1990* – “Recent Work”, Windows on Main”, Spartanburg, SC.
1989 – “Biennial Area Artist’s Exhibition”, The Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, North Carolina (juror, Eric Anderson)


AWARDS AND HONORS
Grant Recipient 2016, Spartanburg Arts Council, Spartanburg, SC.
Grant Recipient 2013, Spartanburg Arts Council, Spartanburg, SC.
Grant Recipient 2011, Spartanburg Arts Council, Spartanburg, SC.
Best of Show, 2010, “Artist Guild Annual Juried Exhibition”, Carolina Gallery, Spartanburg, SC.
Grant Recipient 2006, Spartanburg Arts Partnership, Spartanburg, SC.
Merit Award, 2006, “Artist Guild Annual Juried Exhibition”, Milliken and Parsons Galleries, Spartanburg, SC.
Award of Distinction, 2002, National Council of State Garden Clubs, Spartanburg, SC
Designer’s Choice Award, 2002, National Council of State Garden Clubs, Spartanburg, SC.
Grant Recipient 1990, Spartanburg Arts Council, Spartanburg, SC.
First Place Painting, 1981, Converse College Senior Art Show, Milliken Gallery, Spartanburg, SC, (jurors: art club).
Greenwald Award, 1981, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC, (jurors: Henry Fagen, Judy Jones, Mayo Mac Boggs).


PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROJECTS AND COMMISSIONS

"All Creatures Great and Small" 2017, Fiberglass, glass and ceramic lightbulb mosiac commissioned by Spartanburg Art Museum
“Ascension” 2012,  Painted Steel and Resin Sculpture, Cottonwood Trail,  Spartanburg, SC
"Dandelion," 2010, Painted Steel Sculpture, collection Mr. and Mrs. Bill Owens, Clinton, SC.
"Monarch Caterpillar with Half-Eaten Plant," 2008, Painted Steel & Fiberglass Sculpture, Hatcher Gardens, Spartanburg, SC.
“Hydrangea”, Painted Steel Sculpture, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Miles, Spartanburg, SC.
“Ladyslipper: Audrey III,” 2007, Painted Steel, collection of the artist, Spartanburg, SC.
“Elgar,” 2007, Painted Steel Sculpture, collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hudgins, Spartanburg, SC.
“Magnified,” 2005, Painted Steel Sculpture, Happy Hollow Park, Spartanburg, SC.
“The Immortal Turf,” 2004, Painted Steel Sculpture, Hatcher Gardens, Spartanburg, SC


TEACHING
2013 – present, Adjunct Professor 3-D Design, Sculpture I-IV, Graduate Sculpture, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC.
2007 - 2014, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church School, Spartanburg, SC.


EDUCATION
2016, MFA, Sculpture, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.
2013, Penland School of Crafts Penland, NC, The Hammer & Striker, Colby Brinkman, Instructor
2012, Penland School of Crafts Penland, NC, Sculpting Hot Glass, Pearl Dick, Instructor.
2011, Penland School of Crafts Penland, NC, Two Dimensions to Three, Eric Ryser, Instructor.
2010, Penland School of Crafts Penland, NC, Mosaic tile in Community, Carlos Alves, Instructor.
2009, Penland School of Crafts Penland, NC, Skins and Armatures, Ledelle Moe, Instructor.
2008, Penland School of Crafts Penland, NC, Repoussé, Marisela Gutierrez, Instructor.
1981, B.F.A., Converse College, Spartanburg, SC.

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