Carolyn Mason lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland CA in 2005. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (full fellowship) and the Banff Center for the Arts. She has exhibited in venues including Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco); den contemporary (Los Angeles); the London Design Festival; and the Los Angeles World Airport.
I have an instinct to pick up everyday materials, work with them and imagine their potential, their secret lives. What happens when we’re turning our back, turning off the lights, or leaving a supply drawer or cabinet alone for years and years?
My creative impulse manifests with materials that surrounded me as a child: I grew up in a house full of wool and sewing projects and my father worked as a plant manager in textile manufacturing. In my studio, materials including raw wool, copper tubing, crinoline, and machine buffers metamorphose and often cross-pollinate. Fecundity may arise as well as the fantastical and even ominous.
Ultimately, my mundane materials find new life while messing with our firmly held notion of human control over matter.