Carolyn Case's paintings conjure ambiguous, implausible landscapes where silhouettes of ancient urns clash with eruptions of sprawling painterly debris. Her work draws on travels to Japan, Iran and India, and references Middle-Eastern iconography, Andean textiles, and miniature painting. The landscape of Tehran appears frequently, and Case's heterogenic brushwork suggests the chaos of decaying architecture, graffiti, and the city's inadequate restoration, which becomes a poignant metaphor for the cultural landscape and for painting itself.
Originally from California, Carolyn Case earned her MFA from MICA's Mount Royal School of Art in Baltimore, MD, and her BFA from California State University in Long Beach, CA. She has shown throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, with solo exhibitions at Loyola University, McLean Projects for the Arts, and the Art Registry in Washington D.C. She has participated in two-person and group exhibitions at the Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington, DE, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, The Parlour Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA, and John Fonda Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Residencies include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Kanoria Centre for the Arts in Ahmedabad, India. Case's works have been reviewed in ArtNews, New American Paintings, and the Baltimore Sun, among others. She is a 2016 Bethesda Painting Award semi-finalist.