Environment & Social Activism through Art

Carolann Espino - My Life in Art

                Artist Statement

 

 

Environment & Social Activism through Art

     Carolann Espino - My Life in Art

             1-669-454-9559

        San Jose, California 95110

             Artist Statement

Artist Statement

I bring a lifetime of experiences, training and causes to my work.  I have great concern for environmental and social issues.  Art history and anthropology are of great interest and creep into my projects. My childhood memories were of fertile land, trees, agriculture, and livestock grazing in fields. This landscape has been replaced by Silicon Valley. These memories left an indelible impression which greatly influenced me. I am not opposed to progress when done with wisdom, compassion and protections for our environment.  I am concerned about habitat loss for the many species living amongst us. Progress has come with gentrification, unaffordable housing, pollution, traffic and over 10,000 homeless in Santa Clara County. Climate change is real and has already caused fires, floods, the melting of glaciers, release of methane gases, habitat loss and animal extinction.   

I graduated from San Jose City College with an AA in Studio Art. I graduated from San Jose State University in 2017 with a BFA in Spatial Art. My most significant work today has transitioned to environmental and social issues. I feel a new freedom in my work as a painter. My new direction is abstract as well as using various new techniques and materials. I am enjoying cell painting, resin, collage and texturized methods. Unfortunately, my current work is yet to be photographed; but will be added in the future.

A common theme in my previous work highlighted our  global family.  The dreams I have are no different than a family across the globe. We all wish for a home, health and a safe place to raise our children. The wall we build between each other is not high enough to think that everything we do does not affect everyone else. Never has this been more obvious in regard to climate change.

It might take a lifetime to find out what it is we need to say. The path of all this uncertainty is the process of exhausting all our possibilities; until we actually stumble into something that is useful to our  purpose.This something if we are lucky speaks to a deep need within ourselves.  I believe I have found that which speaks to me over a lifetime of living. At the same time, I like to think that in order for any of us to really do anything new, we can't know exactly what it is we are doing. I had this same revelation when I had my son.  The future of my new role as a single mother was learned one day at a time. But it is the aliveness of the unguarded intuition and the persistence of our own feelings that guide us to our discoveries. While living in Merced, I decided to take up art to have an activity I could do with my son.  I bought art books and began to practice with  him. Art and my boy opened the door to memories and feelings that were always inside me. My son loved art and that was something we did together throughout his life. 

 

A visual product of juxtaposing items of recycled materials in my work was filed away from my childhood. Though I had no light bulb moment, I realized that it gave me a feeling of happiness and accomplishment. Creating artwork from recycled , and new materials  is part of the fun and message of my work. Each project starts with a recurring idea or life experience that somehow inspires me enough to begin. Once my imagination kicks in, I'm on my way. I work everyday in some way towards my art career.  Art is a great friend and healer. It is not a hobby; it is the fulfillment of my soul. 

As I evolve as an artist so too will my website.  I will continue to add new projects, videos, forum topics and a shop for interested viewers.  If you wish to become a member please add your email address to be part of an interactive exchange.  This website like myself is a work in progress.

Thank you,

CAROLANN ESPINO

              TESTIMONIALS

"I love the painting mija. I know exactly where I'm hanging it in my home. Thank you so much." - Carlos Mencia, Los Angeles, Comedian, 2016

"I wish you the best in your artistic endeavors. Art is a difficult but rewarding path. Best wishes, my friend." - Isabel Allende, Best Selling Author, San Francisco, CA., 2011

"Espino's inquiring mind really is an asset. She is a citizen of the world always studying, which informs her paintings, ceramics, and the way she lives. She has only become better and better." - Eve Mathias, Art Dept. Coordinator, Professor, San Jose City College, CA, 2014

"I'm interested in promoting local talented artists in our community such as Carolann. She is extremely multi-talented and embraces the essence of art." - Phil Bongiorno, Gallery Owner, Santa Clara, CA. 2016

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