NAC Artists' Cooperative

Carol Dunn

Carol Dunn is an award winning printmaker, photographer, and mixed media artist specializing in alternative processes for creating artwork. Dunn received a BA from UConn, and more recently received an Associate’s Degree in Fine Art with a Certificate in Graphic Design from QVCC in Danielson CT. She exhibits frequently in the New England area and on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where she vacations. She is an Elected Artist in several organizations: Norwich Arts Center, Mystic Arts Center, Essex Art Association, CAFA (CT Academy of Fine Arts), & CT Women Artists.  Her studio, Little River Studio & Gallery, features views of the river, lots of natural light and an etching press, where she holds classes in her many techniques. She has also taught classes at QVCC (Quinebaug Valley Community College) where she received an Associate in Fine Arts degree, Manchester Community College, Mystic Arts Center, Silver Circle Studio, the Guilford Art Center, Meiklem Kiln Works, AHH Studio, New London Adult Ed Center and the Lyme Art Association.

Her work is held in private collections throughout the US, and in far flung areas including Ireland, France, and Australia.

Artist Statement

As evidenced by my varied body of work, I enjoy working with many non-traditional mediums. I continue to learn and experiment with new materials and techniques. I also like to combine many techniques into one piece, which often makes it difficult to explain to someone exactly how something was created.

More than anything else in the creative process, I love the interplay of color and texture. I have spent countless hours photographing peeling paint and rusting metal. When I mix inks to begin printmaking, I often get sidetracked by marveling at the pigments on my palette, enjoying how the colors play off each other, wondering what will happen if I mix 2 unrelated colors into a blend with my brayer. Sometimes I think I could just mix colors forever and never begin the actual application of the color to plate or paper.

I also love to work in layers. I do this on my computer from within Photoshop, or more directly when creating collage with papers, cloth, and found objects. Transparency fascinates me, and I am intrigued by how a top layer will reveal or hide the colors and textures beneath it, or how the combined elements become so different from the original materials as they intersect and interact. Many artists are hesitant to learn how to use a computer in creating their work — but I see it as just another tool in my artist’s toolbox. This allows me to merge technology with traditional art-making methods, such as when I stick a traditional collage into my printer and print an image on top of it.

The techniques I employ include Solarplate Etchings, Overprinted Collages, Acrylic Skins, Printing on Handmade Papers, Collagraphs, Prints on Aluminum, Mixed Media, Photo Emulsion Lifts and Transfers, Silk Aquatint, Silk Monotypes, Batik, Altered Photos, Linocuts and Monotypes. I have a large studio full of natural light, where I enjoy teaching others many of my techniques for art making.

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