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Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes

Artist Statement: I have been captivated by Greek mythology since I first learned about it in my adolescence. I was drawn to the very human characteristics, vices, and faults of these powerful gods and goddesses. With Greek mythology, the existence of the enigmatic deities fulfilled the same role as gods have across cultures throughout human existence, explaining aspects of life and death, the reason for life itself and circumstances. This reminds us that throughout history, mankind has searched for some semblance of reason and order relevant to their infinitely chaotic world. In this aspect, are we, as contemporary humans, any different Haven’t each of us searched both internally and externally for a deeper explanationâ€a reason for our own lives Doesn’t everyone find himself or herself attempting to gain a comfortable form of understanding of our roles in our culture, society and even in our own bodies This body of work evolved in my mind as a combination of our current cultural, societal, political, economic and global circumstances examined through the context of ancient Greek deities. I am by most means an incredibly ordinary, average, American, white woman. My life perspective is inevitably an influence on my work, yet, in the same way these circumstances don’t define me as a human, they are not the defining feature of my imageryâ€merely a context worth consideration. In the grand scheme of life, I am more than acutely aware I hold little power or influence in this world around me. Thus I am essentially one of millions of human pawns persuaded (or manipulated) by those with unfathomably more political, financial, and intellectual resources at their disposal. In turn, this causes the additional consideration of how some human beings seem to have risen to an almost godly state, far beyond the sphere of influence of us simple mortals.
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  1. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Chronos, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  2. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Chaos, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  3. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Athena, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  4. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Artemis, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  5. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Ares, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  6. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Apollo, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  7. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Aphrodite, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  8. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Demeter, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  9. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Dionysus, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  10. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Eros, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  11. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Gaia, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  12. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Hades, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  13. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Hephaestus, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  14. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Hera, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  15. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Hermes, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  16. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Hestia, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  17. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Poseidon, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  18. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Nyx, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  19. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Persephone, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013
  20. Ancient Gods & Contemporary Circumstanes Gallery

    Zeus, 12in x 24in mixed media collage on canvas, 2013

Seven Social Sins

24x24 mixed media pieces inspired by the concept of Gandhi's seven social sins. Created in 2010.
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  1. Seven Social Sins Gallery

    Pleasure without Conscience I
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    Pleasure without Conscience II
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    Pleasure without Conscience III
  4. Seven Social Sins Gallery

    Knowledge without Character I
  5. Seven Social Sins Gallery

    Knowledge without Character III
  6. Seven Social Sins Gallery

    Worship without Sacrifice I
  7. Seven Social Sins Gallery

    Science without Humanity III
  8. Seven Social Sins Gallery

    Politics without Principle II
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    Politics without Principle III
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    Commerce without Morality I
  11. Seven Social Sins Gallery

    Wealth without Work III
  12. Seven Social Sins Gallery

    Politics without Principle I
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"get naked or leave."
I am a: Woman
Seeking: Networking
Education: College Degree
City: Azores
Country: Portugal
Profession: Mixed Media Artist
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Professional Info
My Business Name: Naked Carly Art
Email: nakedcarlyart@gmail.com
City: Azores, Portugal
My Profession: Art
About my work:
Over the years, I have had a difficult internal struggle regarding the concept of what constitutes art, its place in our persistently changing world, and the purposes it should, or should not achieve. I have come to the conclusion that despite the worsening global economic and political conditions, the catastrophic effects of global warming, war and disease, it is important to create art that allows a form of beauty to prevail. My work allows a thoughtful assessment of various circumstances, issues, and perceptions. These concepts apply, in varying degrees, from the human race as a whole down to each of as an individual. This world has enough malevolence and sorrow; I feel it is not my place to bring works of art into existence that solely draw attention to the ugly truths of our human condition. However, I strongly believe that those truths and circumstances are not to be ignored.

My art is a juxtaposition of classic, conceptual and ordinary imagery which creates aesthetically intriguing and thought provoking pieces. I find historical changes in art, culture, religious interpretations and social conventions infinitely fascinating. Therefore, I incorporate those concepts into my art. In the majority of my work, I combine identifiable images and ideas to create a surreal or dreamlike appearance. I prefer my pieces to allow viewers to make their own interpretations of the
comparisons, commentary or observations depicted in my work. I enjoy the use of common animals, objects and other easily recognizable forms because people will create their own associations with such things allowing their minds and emotions to find the meaning of a piece. I choose to work in mixed media because it gives me the freedom to utilize different supplies, while the addition of textures and tangible materials create a tactile affect I find alluring. Ultimately, I want my work to express what I cannot verbally articulate.
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