Carolyn Mara

Mop Artist

As I grew and aged as an artist I felt confined by the structure and detail of my conceptual projects. I learned to let go of the initial control I needed to feed my emotions through art and instead grabbed a mop as a brush, so that my control could happen only in the very moment of execution. This large-scale, abstract work on canvas is created from a series of throws and strokes with my mop — stemming from an artistic practice grounded in understanding movement, restraint, intuition, and spontaneity. I openly share this process with my viewers and critics, challenging many of their notions of what art is, and what it can be. In a time where owning a keyboard and having an internet connection makes people believe they are authorities on artistry, my goal is to break down the barriers of beauty to show that art can be anything created through harnessing one's emotion and executing on one's vision.

Carolyn Mara