My current abstract work comes out of a long process of organizing concepts and palettes onto small cards. As I consider the ideas, shapes, colors and marks I want to play with, I set up a problem or question with the cards and work within those parameters for the duration of the painting.
The paintings in these sets each represent a section of a deck of Tarot Cards. Caroline uses these images to juxtapose ideas, images, palettes and marks against one another. These combinations are the seed for her abstract paintings. For more detail on her process see the "Process" and "Performance" sections of the website.
Ace to Ten in Four Suits
Each Panel is 9" x 12", oil and acrylic on wood panel. Installed the piece is approximately 56" x 108".
Each panel is 12" x 16", acrylic and oil on wood panel. Installed the piece measures approximately 70" x 96".
Mixed media on wood panel. Each panel is 9" x 12", installed the piece is approximately 42" x 54".
This series is separated from the abstract work by the use of iconic images of vessels, trees, and other pictorial elements. The process is similar, but the palette tends to be brighter and more intense.
As Caroline developed her abstract painting, she wanted to work with dancers to produce the "Court Cards" and to develop a movement-based piece for her Tarot Series. She found her collaborators through an ad posted by Kelsey Trottier at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA.
Caroline described her project and the raw material of the other artists' movements became the visual inspiration for the Court Card paintings. In addition the group developed a work called "The Reading". This performance piece grew out of that collaboration and is an extension of Caroline's painting practice and her longtime dedication to art collaboration.
"The Reading" is a collaboration between eleven artists from many varied backgrounds. It is inspired by, and is an extension of, Caroline's work using Tarot Cards to insert chance operations into her work.
This piece was created within the Intersections: Inspiring Influences collaboration project. The overall project was conceived by Kelsey Trottier to bring visual artists, dancers, writers, musicians and performers together. "The Reading" was one of three collaborations created for this project.
Collaborators for "The Reading": Caroline Rufo, Raquel Kober (cello, composer), Sara Marhamo, Rachel, Emily Jawadekar, Shayne, Iman R. Louis-Jeune, Gyorgy A. Porkolab, Jessie Hansen, Ethan Pravetz, and Alice Rufo.
The Reading : Intersections 3/7
The first performance of this piece happened at the Pozen Center at Massachusetts College of Art on March 9, 2015.