CountyPrince George's County
Artist StatementMy paintings show colorful places that offer safe harbor to imagery in various stages of articulation. My process compares to going on walkabout at a slow pace. In the way landscape comes into view through unexpected combinations of details, the fragmented figurative imagery I weave into fields of color leads to combinations that articulate the painting’s possibilities. I work with gouache, acrylics and oil paint and along with brushes use palette knives and squeegees. During the give and take of building and scraping, shapes are moving about the surface, creating complex color relationships. These form the underlying balances and structures my compositions are built on. My imagery draws from landscape I wander in and from digital scape streaming around me. The current paintings’ geographical content is interspersed with figurative fragments that at varying levels of visual volume allude to objects which roll, fly or float and to living beings who migrate.
Carlson has exhibited widely in the United States as well as internationally. Her paintings are featured in ‘Studio Visit’, ‘American Art Collector’, ‘West Branch’ and ‘New American Paintings’. Her work is included in public, corporate and private collections in Germany, Italy, in the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Recent exhibitions include '12th Annual Contemporary Figurative Show', Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO; 'One House Project', BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD; '50thAnniversary Exhibition', Viridian Artists at Chelsea, New York, NY; 'Mid Atlantic New Painting 2018', University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA; 'CHROMA, Paintings by Sabine Carlson and Robert Matthews, HCAC, Ellicott City; ‘Art of Engagement National Juried Exhibition’, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC; ‘Art MD 2016’, Ellicott City, MD; ‘2016 Alchemical Vessels’ at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC; ‘Back story’, a solo exhibition at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD; ‘Precarious balance: Sabine Carlson, Nancy Frankel and Bobbi Shulman’ at BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD; ‘45th Anniversary Exhibition Invitational’, at Viridian Artists, New York, NY; ‘Transformations: From One Thing to Another’, at McLean Project for the Arts, VA; SELECT 2012 WPA exhibition/auction gala (selected by Dr Sarah Newman, curator of contemporary art), Washington, DC; ‘Drawing Connections’ at Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy; ‘Strays of Abu Dhabi’ Benefit Auction, Five Star MH, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; ‘American Landscape’, Santa Reparata International School, Florence, Italy;
Carlson holds a BFA degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. She has taught painting and related subjects at universities in UT, CA and MD and has given numerous public lectures. Since 2005 Carlson’s main studio is located in College Park, MD.