Carrie Oyama

Carrie Oyama’s work dances across the page in a kind of multi-layered visual performance. The artist repetitively draws with her ‘wrong’ hand, recording figures taken either from photographs or the depths of her imagination. Carrie’s work, made with ink mostly black and white, is inherently expressive in its line quality, which effectively communicates the fragility of the human body as it moves through space. Having majored in fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York in the late 1960s when she preferred advertising, she also got involved in the “Pedestrian Art Movement,” participating in performances at the Whitney Museum and Jewish Youth Center before moving to Berkeley in 1979.  Carrie first arrived at Creative Growth in the eighties and nineties, during which she largely experimented with soft sculpture and ceramics. After a hiatus, Carrie returned to the studio in 2014 and has since dedicated herself to a more minimal practice, working on delicate and refined compositions that connect her to her subconscious mind.

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