Carole Seborovski is an artist who creates unique and visually striking work. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Carole moved up to the San Francisco Bay Area to study painting and received her BFA from the California College of the Arts. She continued her studies at the New York Studio School and received her MFA in painting from Hunter College. Her work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. Carole’s art is represented in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Art, among others. Carole loves living in New York City with her daughter and their two cats. Recently, she spoke to the Examiner about her experiences as an artist and her hopes for the future:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): How and when did you decide to become an artist?
Carole Seborovski (C.S.): In high school I had an art assignment to make a large painting from a small postcard. I sketched out Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and laid out my paints- but when it came time to put paint on the canvas, I became frozen. I couldn’t figure out how to go about making a painting. After some time, out of desperation I grabbed my brush, dipped it in the paint, closed my eyes and made a large sweeping gesture to depict Van Gogh’s cypress tree. When I opened my eyes and looked at the painting, I felt like I had captured the feeling of the tree. It was in the spontaneity of that moment that painting became like magic and I knew that I wanted to be a painter for the rest of my life.
M.M.: Growing up, which artists/types of art interested you?
C.S.: Many artists have inspired me. Early on, I was most influenced by Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, Egon Schiele, Matisse, Mondrian, Mu-Chi and Eva Hesse.
M.M.: How would you describe your work and what inspires it?
C.S.: I am inspired by my personal experiences, as well as by the arts and philosophies from many different cultures throughout the ages. I also find inspiration through the intuitive process of working with materials.
M.M.: How did you go about getting into galleries and/or public showcases?
C.S.: I was very fortunate early on. In graduate school at Hunter College, one of my professor’s, George Hoffman had told me that he thought that I was ready to exhibit. He suggested that I take images of my work to galleries and that I first try Willard Gallery. I showed my images to Mark Barron who was working at Willard Gallery. Mark said that he thought my images were great and he came over for a studio visit. Several months later, he curated a group at Willard Gallery and included my work along with artists such as Basquiat, Susan Rothenberg and Joseph Beuys, among others. My work was well received and that show led to other shows.
M.M.: Do you have a favorite piece? If so, which one and why?
C.S.: One of my most recent paintings, “Oddity” has such a strange combination of materials that I am intrigued by the singularity of its voice and its slightly ajar presence. I am also very fond of drawing that I did in the 1980’s, “Pines in the Feeling of Hasegawa Tohaku.” I like its delicate, tensely balanced composition and the vast amount of space that the drawing implies. It has a serene quality, yet a strong presence in the void.
M.M.: What are your mediums of choice?
C.S.: I love working with a wide variety of materials ranging from charcoal, pastel and graphite on paper, to paint and mix media on canvas, to clay and metal leafing. Working with materials is a meditative experience for me and each material has its own unique and expressive quality.
M.M.: Are there any mediums that you haven’t worked with yet but hope to soon?
C.S.: At some point, I would like to further explore photography and do a series of manipulated photographs.
M.M.: Your style is very vibrant and beautiful. When and how did you develop this style?
C.S.: I have never set out to make something “beautiful” per se. My focus is to find meaning and give presence to something that needs a voice. I have never set out to develop a style or to stick with a certain look or style. It is through an intuitive process of working and personal expression that my style has evolved.
M.M.: To date, what has been the most rewarding experience involving your artwork and/or being an artist?
C.S.: Being alone in my studio making art is the most rewarding experience for me. Getting to the point where the work is guiding me, rather than me guiding it, is the best place to be.
Having my work out in the world for others to see and to experience is also very important.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an artist?
C.S.: Focus your attention, do a lot of work, look at a lot of art, and involve yourself in the art community.
M.M.: Are there any upcoming projects and/or events that you would like to mention?
C.S.: Currently, I have a one-person show at Nohra Haime Gallery, 730 Fifth Avenue, NYC and it will be running through April 9, 2016.
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To learn more about Carole Seborovski visit her official website.