Paintings Reveal Memories and Reflections
With the belief that objects have emotional power of their own New York artist Carolyn Oberst was first drawn to still life. She gradually incorporated vintage toys as subjects into her paintings as, “they suggest the idea of moving through time; striking a chord, with notes of nostalgia, joy and laughter, sadness and fear.”
The artist states her chosen subject matter allows her to produce work that serves her interest in, “memories of, and reflections on childhood, expressing how the past profoundly affects the present.” Her work touches on these universal themes.
Oberst feels painting is visual poetry; suggestive and open to interpretation. The viewer, like the reader, can decide what it means. In her latest work she uses a dream-like space that allows her abstracted figures and toys to be suggestive of memory, and how the mind can mingle past and present.
Originally a clothing designer in NYC, Oberst discovered a love of painting while creating hand-painted fabrics for her designs. She then devoted herself to studying painting and life drawing.
Her art has been in exhibitions in major cities throughout the U.S. including those at the Atrium, sponsored by Chasama, Willoughby Sharpe Gallery, and Margaret Bodell Gallery — all in NYC, NY. She had a major two-person show at the Vit Gallery in Seoul, S. Korea.
Visit Carolyn Oberst’s website www.carolynoberst.com