“I am most happy when I am covered in paint, my hands saturated with pigment, and my eyes searching for the “right” piece of collage to complete a composition and expression.”
I draw from nature, landscape, and abstract expressionism, attempting to strike a balance between painterly gesture and the physicality of a pasted collage fragment. I mine a personal and aesthetic history for source material, re-using scraps of old handwritten letters, yellowing labels, sheet music, sewing patterns and other memorabilia from the lives of familial others, creating something new from something old.
I create dialogue and play between the graphical history and textures of the found materials and the fluidity and opacity of paint. Remnants of imagery appear and disappear in my work as the materials are washed and worn by layers of paint. It is my intent to give the viewer a “glimpse” at a recognizable fragment or common history so that they may be reminded of their own memories when looking at my work.
Carol Gove works out of her NH studio as an abstract mixed media collage artist. She has a BS from the University of New Hampshire and studied at the DeCordova Museum School in Boston. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibits over the last 15 years.
Her paintings and collages are exhibited nationally at Gebert Contemporary in Scottsdale, Stremmel Gallery in Reno, The San Francisco Gallery in CA and Galerie d’Orsay in Boston. She is a member of the DeCordova Museum Corporate Art Program, the Monadnock Art Colony in NH, and The National Association of Women Artists in New York. Her work can be found in public collections including the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston. She has been accepted in many nationally juried shows including a 100 year retrospective exhibit “In Context: Collage & Abstraction” at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York. This exhibit included contemporary artists as well as master work by Kurt Schwitters, Robert Motherwell, Lee Krasner and more. She has also exhibited in groups shows in the Boston area at the DeCordova Museum, the Danforth Art Museum, and the Whistler Museum of Art.
In addition to working in her studio, Carol volunteers much of her time in animal rescue. She is the Assistant Director at a cat shelter in MA. She also has donated her artwork to many non profit causes including The Human Rights Campaign, Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in NH, Citizens for Affordable Housing in Boston, The NH Institute of Art and the Contemporary Art Forum in Phoenix.