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TINA CARROLL

TINA CARROLL

Artist Work

Goffs Pocket Gopher Vases
2008
Stoneware, Underglaze Colors & Overglaze Enamels
Height = 10.25"
Big Thicket Hog Nosed Skunk Spill Vases
2008
Stoneware, Underglaze Colors
Height = 11.5"
Goffs Pocket Gopher Vases (detail)
2008
Stoneware, Underglaze Colors & Overglaze Enamels
Height = 10.25"
Tecopa Pupfish Vases
2008
Stoneware, Underglaze Colors & Overglaze Enamels
Height = 8.5"
Passenger Pigeon
2008
Stoneware, Underglaze Colors & Overglaze Enamels
Height = 16"
Caribbean Monk Seal (one of a pair, detail)
2008
Stoneware, Underglaze Colors & Overglaze Enamels
Height = 7.25"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
Prior to 2012

Artist Statement

In 2008 I began a group of stoneware ceramic sculptures titled Extinction Series. The influence for these works is a style of decorative ceramics created in a region of 18th England known as Staffordshire. The most popular of these early ceramics are paired sculptures in the form of animals from the native lands. These objects, unusually decorative for the time, are a demonstration of the emergence of 18th century England as a prosperous nation. The surviving works of Staffordshire are what some collectors refer to today as a Noah’s Ark of the time. Inspired by these early figures, I have chosen to create a posthumous Noah’s Ark for our time. In Extinction Series I depict animals from North America that have gone extinct since 1900. Within each animal pair I add a clue that represents a contributing factor that lead to the animals demise. These factors come from careful research and documentation I have collected on each extinct animal. Unlike the Staffordshire ceramics, which show the rise of prosperous England through its luxuries, my work aims to expose the casualties of a wealthy 20th century America.