Artist StatementI have been working as a painter and book artist for over thirty-five years, and have found these media to be ideal forms for my creative methods and themes. I enjoy producing a series of paintings and then combining my painted images within the more complex format of an artist's book. Paintings allow me to explore many ideas in a relatively short time, while books in editions reach a much larger audience and involve additional elements of production and distribution. My inspiration comes from varied sources--literature, architecture, functional objects, kinetics toys, furniture, jewelry. I love experimenting with color and with contrasts between flat and extended spaces in my paintings. My books offer an intimate format in which to further explore these concepts, combining images with text, dimensional pop-up elements, and a narrative flow.
Carol Barton is a book artist, painter, curator and educator who has published her own artist's editions and has organized both local and national shows, including the Smithsonian Institution's Science and the Artists' Book exhibition. Her work is exhibited internationally and is in numerous collections, including New York's Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has taught at elementary, high school, and university levels and has conducted adult workshops at art centers internationally. She is on the faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and George Washington University's Corcoran College of Arts and Design in Washington, D.C. She has had residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy and the Sacatar Foundation in Brazil. Her how-to books, The Pocket Paper Engineer, volumes 1, 2 and 3 are guides to making pop-up cards and pages.