Caroline Larsen’s landscapes and imagery evoke a celebratory tropical frenzy. Her recollections of her upbringing in Florida and time spent in Panama, in addition to her love of textiles has influenced her aesthetic. Larsen’s paintings at first glance resemble woven fabrics but upon closer examination reveal themselves as elaborate oil paintings. Her process involves loading the paint into piping bags and squeezing it onto the canvas to create delicately layered and brilliantly hued coatings of paint. Lines and layers seem to weave over one another in lushly textured networks that create an assortment of rich, material densities. Her work plays heavily with pattern, decoration and the ornamental with an attentiveness to color and it’s role of imparting feeling.
Larsen’s woven mountain landscapes are inspired by the Canadian Rocky mountains.Employing what the artist refers to as a “sincere kitschiness,” as well as a sense of chromatic pleasure, each painting presents a masterful display of ornamental and vibrant color. The resultant works exhibit a harmonious balance of painting and sculptural relief.
Larsen’s Curb Side series explores suburban warm-weather homes in this series. Locations vary from California, the Southwest and Florida. She uses a slightly off-kilter perspective in these works to push and pull the viewer’s eyes around the canvas, enveloping them in a world that is specific but also surreal. They are specific because the houses that have been painted exist. Using images sourced from landscaping blogs and real estate listings, these canvases depict the commercial ideal associated with personal success in America.
Larsen received an MFA from the Pratt Institute, and a BFA from the University of Waterloo. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Wave Hill Public Gardens, The Hole NYC, Boiler Room: Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Foulandi Projects, San Francisco, CA; General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto, Canada; Gordon Gallery 2, Tel Aviv, Israel; 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany; Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece. Larsen’s work is included in many private and corporate collections such as TD Collection, Colart Collection and Imago Mundi Collection. Her work has been featured and reviewed in the New York Times, Whitewall Magazine, Canadian Art, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Now Magazine, among other publications.