Carol Chaput lives and works in Norwich, Connecticut. Her works include paintings, drawings, egg temperas, mixed media works, and wall sculptures. Her award-winning work is exhibited throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. She is affiliated with arts organizations in Connecticut and leads workshops that explore the intersection of art and writing. She is a published poet and the creator of Image Journaling, which she has taught to many groups and organizations.
After painting and working in egg tempera for many years, I recently simplified my work to the most fundamental: pencil and paper. These drawings are a meditation on faces, animals, natural objects and an exploration of myth and origins.
“The Grandmother” drawings are inspired by symbols and mythologies from ancient cultures to our own time. Animal archetypes embody the feminine spirit and, first as egg and then as chick, birds have long symbolized birth and regeneration. In all cultures, birds have symbolized wisdom and the quest for higher awareness. In Grandmother Owl, we see the Greek Athena, incarnation of wisdom, purity, and reason, paired with her Owl, but transformed from ancient marble to a woman of today, accessible and human … perhaps this Athena could be our own grandmother. I also take delight in playing with the effects of light and shadow.
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