At its core, my practice is about radical joy and liberation. I am invested in a new paradigm of freedom and
expanded consciousness. Each piece contains a record of the process, informing the next as a roadmap to bridging the heart and mind. Stories contain emergent themes of our human experience on a micro and macro level engaged with the language of abstraction. Materiality and experimentation emphasize the parallels of rigorous play and invention. A victorious color field suffused with linguistic mark-making, biomorphic shapes, torn edges, sinuous gestures, and embellishments celebrates the energy of risk-taking. Layers of paint and other materials consider the tensions of space, perception, and belonging. My practice asks for a willingness to believe in the cosmic makeup of our DNA and to locate ourselves in the constellation of infinite possibilities.
Boston-based, L.A.-raised artist Cicely Carew’s work wields the formal, material, and sculptural aspects of painting to evoke radical joy, hope, and liberation. Through vibrant color, rebellious mark-making, sweeping gestures, and references to the natural and galactic world; Carew captures and conserves the fleeting magic of the “Now.” Outside the studio, her life as a mother, movement instructor, and nature enthusiast heavily influence her practice.
Carew received her MFA from Lesley University’s College of Art + Design in 2020. Carew’s work is included in the permanent collections of Northeastern University, Simmons University, Boston Art Inc., and the Cambridge Arts Council, and Fidelity Investments. Her work was recently featured in the Newport Art Museum’s 2020-21 exhibition “Call & Response,” and at the Prudential Center in collaboration with Now + There. She currently resides in Cambridge, MA, with her son.