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Category Individual Artists
Name of Artist Carolyn Oberst
Country United States
City New York
Artistic Styles Abstract
Subject Areas Still Life
Art Media Oil paint
Artist's Website Carolyn Oberst's artwork
Having been painting since the early 1980's, my most recent work is a comment on the state of our contemporary lives and fall on the cusp of fun and scary.

Using vintage toys to express that childhood and, by implication, adult life as well, isn’t what it used to be. We’re busier and more bombarded with input than ever before, creating stress. On the other hand, multi-tasking, etc., can be fun and interesting. So, while challenging, our modern lives are not dull or boring. The colorful, oil on wood relief and animated quality, give these paintings a hopeful, happy feel capturing the upbeat side of this new order. I’m depicting both the positive (fun) and negative (scary) sides of these issues and giving expression to many feelings at the same time.

Each small piece of the relief is painted w/oil, separately. I cut the shapes and assemble the pieces by screwing them on the painted panel from behind. It’s a labor intensive, intricate and complicated technique.