Carole Silverstein’s paintings delve into ornament and decoration to deeply explore the spiritually symbolic systems of the various cultural landscapes from which they derive. They are trance-like, densely layered, and painted by hand with acrylic inks on mylar, a surface which allows for translucency and reflectance. Using ornamental forms from various cultures including Islamic geometries, Japanese cloud patterns, Spanish interlace, she explores ideas of sameness and difference, harmony and discord, the human and the divine. Her juxtapositions show her interest between divergent belief systems and their points of contact. In these rich and luminous surfaces she intends to create labyrinthine experiences and spaces of hand-made seduction and extravagance designed to invite sensuous dreaming. Other influences informing her work and life are Feminism, Buddhism, Yoga, and other mystical traditions.
Silverstein is a Los Angeles based artist who has exhibited in galleries and alternative venues in the U.S. and abroad. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Queens College, CUNY in New York City and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her works are in the collections of Citibank, Art in Embassies (U.S. Embassy Djibouti), Art For Healing, Inc., San Francisco, The Salser Family Collection, and numerous private collections. She lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles.