Carol Mell Artist Statement and Biography
Place of Birth: The Dalles, Oregon
Date of Birth: Feb. 27, 1956
Education: Reed College, Portland, Oregon 1974-76 Literature and Humanities
The Juilliard School, New York, New York 1977-1980 BFA Dance
Awards and Grants:
2008: First Place, Abstract Photography, Taos Fall Arts Open Show, Taos, NM
2007: First Place, Abstract Photography, Taos Fall Arts Open Show, Taos, NM
2006: Top ten finalist in the statewide Willard Van Dyke competition for emerging artists sponsored by the New Mexico Council on Photography.
Major group exhibitions:
2012: Image New Mexico 2012, Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM
2011: Juried Artist, Taos Self Portrait Show, Encore Gallery, Taos, NM
2010: Juried Artist, Slide Luck Pot Show, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, NM
2010: Juried Artist, Taos Sacred Spaces Show, Taos Inn, Taos, NM
2010: Juried Artist, Taos Invites Taos Show, Taos, NM
2009: Juried Artist, Taos Invites Taos Show, Taos, NM
2006: Willard Van Dyke Finalist exhibition, “Left Behind” at Cichon Fine Art, Taos, NM
Artist’s Statement for “Generous Trees”
When I was little trees were bigger. Now that I am big they are still bigger which makes me think they know something. It’s that something I set out to capture in “Generous Trees.”
I am a photographer who thinks like a choreographer combining camera movement with slow shutter speeds and musical timing to create compositions of light, color, sweep and, I hope, suggestions of eternity. These photographs were created in camera on a journey throughout the West made in 2011 and printed on aluminum.
I have called trees “generous” because they translate light into color, air, food, tools, shelter, fire and some of my favorite colors. They live in a slow unfolding of time where my human time must seem as fleeting as a fly’s. I want to someday lay my body at the feet of these friends, to return a little of all they have given me.
I hope they remind you of trees you know.