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"Homage to Turrell", Pastel on Paper, 22" x 30"

Carol Cassel Baker

12 Salter Place
Maplewood, NJ 07040

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My work is an expression of imagined space created through color and spatial relationships. When painting an interior, for instance, I do not consider the obvious chairs, walls, and floors to be the subject of the piece. Rather, the elaborated relationships among these elements help comprise the content of the painting. I prefer to work from life and compose simultaneously with drawing and color. My color is often expressive rather than descriptive; it is used to constitute form and to create tension.

Each painting is a translation of the rhythms, harmonies and balances I perceive among real objects within a real environment. By synthesizing those sensations I experienced directly from seeing the objects themselves, I hope to arrive at an original conception of pictorial space. I want a space that is at once descriptive of tangible objects, and at the same time pictorially intangible. This personal space is created by my use of color and the compositional placement of images within the painting. I want my art to embody two worlds - the human accessibility of one and the pure intensity of the other - realism and abstraction, objective and non-objective, known and unknown.

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