carolyn janssen

Carolyn Janssen
Spiritmental, 2011
Digital print on vinyl
5 x 12 feet
Courtesy of the artist

If you have enjoyed walking or biking recently in the Museum Park, you may have noticed the latest installations in the Park Pictures billboard project. Spiritmental is one of three billboards from California-based artist Carolyn Janssen, who is a recent grad of UNC–Chapel Hill’s MFA program in studio art.

Janssen provides the following insight on her work featured in Park Pictures:

My current work examines the dystopic diorama; locations of fantasy that embrace the bleak and cataclysmic. Adopting the sprawl of the historical landscape, these drawings feature uber-worlds that reference video game levels, science fiction tableaus, and damaged universes.

These new billboards are installed for six months in the Museum Park, to be followed by the installation of billboards by three college students who submit work through this blog. Selected students will receive a prize of $500 each. Spread the news of this great opportunity for college students to have their work showcased in the Museum Park late spring through early fall 2012.

Park Pictures is made possible by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and is part of an ongoing series of outdoor art projects, Art Has No Boundaries, commissioned by the NCMA to encourage visitors to actively explore the Museum Park.

Carolyn Janssen
Small Baptism, 2011
Digital print on vinyl
5 x 12 feet
Courtesy of the artist

The NCMA’s Park Pictures are large-scale outdoor picture frames in three locations along the greenway in the Museum Park. Artists featured in the Park Pictures relate to the natural environment and the landscape in a variety of styles and media. Each set of billboards is exhibited for a six month period.

 

The latest installation features recent UNC graduate Carolyn Janssen, whose dioramas tell stories through a surreal fantasy of characters and scenes. The artist shares following about her work:

Creating the art from photographs of my daily life, I used individual objects in the same way I would use a single brushstroke, building each scene mark by mark. Populating these worlds are roaming packs of women who question and commandeer the landscape, engaging in narratives and mini-dramas, in which they build, fight, kill, and rest. At times calm, at times acting in apprehension to a present or past disaster, the figures reflect on a landscape broken, uncertain, and strange.


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Carolyn Janssen
Detail of Small Baptism, 2011
Digital print on vinyl
5 x 12 feet
Courtesy of the artist

The Museum invites college students to submit work through this blog for the next installation in the Museum Park by February 1. All works must connect to the themes of nature, landscape, and the environment but can incorporate literal or conceptual references.

Park Pictures is made possible by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and is part of an ongoing series of outdoor art projects, Art Has No Boundaries, commissioned by the NCMA to encourage visitors to actively explore the Museum Park.