Carolina Paz was born in São Paulo City, Brazil. Currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences in 1999 and a master’s degree in Media and Knowledge in 2003 from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC).
Since 2000, she has been working as a distance education specialist for different public and private sectors (universities, nonprofits, government agencies, companies, among others). Carolina has been working as an educator, teaching classes for academic and independent institutions in art, social theory, and education since 2004.
As an artist, she has participated in collective and individual exhibitions and artist residencies in Brazil, Europe, and the United States since 2007. Carolina received the Funarte Visual Arts award in 2013.
She is the founder of Uncool Artist and the independent space Coletivo 2e1, established in São Paulo in 2010 when she started offering online art courses in Brazil.
Carolina is in the second year of the Fine Arts MFA program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York.
In my work, I approach dialog relations in living spaces. It alternates mainly between paintings, videos, objects, and participatory experiences. The starting point for producing artwork can be a sewing thread found on the bed or a coffee stain on a restaurant table. I am interested in investigating what these traces indicate. Little things attract me, and from them, I start to make art.
Most of the paintings I do, in oil on canvas, can be compared to cakes with a thick covering that I sometimes enrich with a little wax. There is leftover paint around the edges of the canvas as if it were a melting frame. Colorful, they can be abstract or figurative, always composed of fragments of images or ideas on a diversity of themes.
Usually, I produce objects that I can hold with my hands, but eventually, the scale varies and widens. I have made a sculpture by tying a hundred pillows in a row as if I contained them in a huge hug.
In my videos, I record the gesture that relates mainly to the hands. The acts of caressing, taking food to the mouth, pouring yourself a drink are among some of the movements I make in front of the camera to see them from another perspective.
Words also have a significant presence in my production. They serve as components of the images I create as well as connecting the work to specific contexts. I am attracted to the sound of the words people say. I find the textures of different accents and the countless rhythms and emphases people create when they read a precious thing. For me, they are sounds that better represent interpretive processes full of emotion and memory.
As I am also an educator and have a deep interest in the area, my classroom experiences, whether in person or online, influence my production. Reading and writing assignments are collaborative creation laboratories. From the exchanges of opinion and understanding of things, new ways of manifesting poetic potential always emerge, even without intention. My role is to cultivate and frame these expressions and then give them life as a work of art.
The important thing to me is the desire for reciprocity. I propose to receive letters, preferably written by hand, and provide a painting for each text that people send me.
Through art, I seek joy and connection with other people. Consequently, my practice has become an invitation to cooperate and exchange.