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At its core, my practice is about radical joy and liberation. Each piece reveals a process record 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. Multivalent materiality, linguistic mark-making, biomorphic shapes, fractured planes, and experimentation celebrate the parallels between rigorous play and invention. I employ layering, animating tools, and scale to occupy and energize space with vibrancy as a political act of collective care. Layers of paint and other materials consider the tensions of space, perception, and belonging. My practice asks for a willingness to reconsider our relationship with the unknown and locate ourselves in the constellation of infinite possibilities.

Biography:

Boston-based, L.A.-born artist Cicely Carew’s multimedia works comprise a self-sustaining ecosystem of possibility. With rebellious mark-making, vibrant color, and sweeping gestures, Carew captures the momentary magic of her process of building enduring spaces of radical joy and liberation. Carew’s experiences as a mother, wellness coach, and nature-lover are evident, as she rejects the neutrality of abstraction in favor of work that is both personal and universal.

 

Carew has mounted solo exhibitions at The Commons Provincetown (2021), Simmons University (2020), and Northeastern University (2017). In 2021, Boston Properties and Now + There, Inc. commissioned Carew to create Ambrosia, a 5,000 sq. ft. site-specific installation that unfolded throughout Boston’s iconic Prudential Center. Also, in 2021, Peloton commissioned Carew to create installations for their Chelsea and Madison Avenue storefronts in New York City. 

 

Carew’s work has been exhibited in two-person and group exhibitions across the northeast at LaiSun Keane Gallery (Boston, MA; 2022), Nearby Gallery (Newton, MA; 2021), Beacon Gallery (Boston, MA; 2021), Hera Gallery (Wakefield, RI; 2021), New Art Center (Newtown, MA; 2021), the Newport Art Museum (Newport, RI; 2020), ChaShaMa (New York, NY; 2020), and The Distillery Gallery (Boston, MA; 2019). 

 

Carew’s most recent honors include the BYN Mellon Blanche E. Colman award (2022), Cambridge Art Council’s Art for Social Justice grant (2021), The Stay Home Gallery residency (2021), and the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist award (2021). She is an artist member and serves on the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Art Council. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of Fidelity Investments, Simmons University’s Ifill Archive, Boston Art Inc., Northeastern University’s archive, the Cambridge Arts Council, and the Federal Reserve of Boston. Carew's work has been featured in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, NPR Boston, WBUR’s The Artery, and Boston Art Review. 

 

Carew earned her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art + Design in Boston (2020) and her MFA from Lesley Art + Design in Cambridge, MA (2005). She is herself an educator of art, painting, and wellness — she often devises educational, wellness-oriented experiences and programs to run alongside her exhibitions. Carew has taught mixed media courses and printmaking at the New Art Center, Maud Morgan Arts Center, and Lesley University, in addition to her work as a yoga and pilates instructor, fitness coach, and nutritional specialist. She recently worked with elementary students as the 2021-22 Shady Hill School Artist in Residence. Carew resides in Cambridge, MA; with her son