Carol Amidi

Red Envelope


Acrylic and oil stick on canvas


Life is a constant tension between chaos and order, moments of control in the midst of what cannot be controlled. Our relationships and aspirations get out of alignment. How do we bring any of it into focus? What matters? What can I control? As a painter, I try to find the tension between what I can control and what I cannot. I attempt to do this with the medium and the piece of work itself. I use the clearly defined against thevague, opaque against the translucent, and precision against approximation. A hand tremor I have developed in recent years has required me to explore this competition, this tension even more.

I work in transparent layers and watch them take form slowly; scraping, glazing, adding, and removing. Loose structure is realized with formal elements, some clearly defined. The definition of shapes is about reintegrating and creating order. They say, "This part is going to be clear. This part is in focus." Both the structured and the unstructured bring transformation to things in life.

As I work, there is a "re-purposing" of loss and chaos into transcendence. I do not always intend to paint spiritual pieces, but in the process of working, I believe the spiritual comes out. My goal is to transcend the literal, and for the meditative quality I find in the process to be experienced by the viewer as well.

Carol works out of her home, and lives with two teenagers, two birds, and a dog.