image by Joyelle West
At its core, my practice is about radical joy and liberation. I am invested in a new paradigm of connection 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 reconsider our relationship to the unknown and locate ourselves in the constellation of infinite possibilities.
Artist Cicely Carew spent her formative years in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her MFA from Lesley Art + Design in Cambridge, MA. Carew's work wields the formal, material, and sculptural aspects of painting to evoke radical joy, hope, and liberation. She captures and conserves the fleeting magic of the present moment through her vibrant color, rebellious mark-making, sweeping gestures, and references to the terrestrial and cosmic world. Carew's practice is also heavily influenced by nature and our relationship to it and her life as a mother and wellness coach outside the studio.
Carew has had solo exhibitions at The Commons in Provincetown, Northeastern University, and Simmons University. She actively exhibits work in group shows locally and beyond Massachusetts, such as Beacon Gallery, Distillery Gallery, New Art Center, the Newport Art Museum, Hera Gallery in Rhode Island, and ChaShaMa in New York.
In 2021 Carew was commissioned by Boston Properties to create a 5,000 sq ft. installation in the Prudential Center curated by Now + There Inc. Peloton simultaneously commissioned her to create installations for their storefronts in New York City. Carew has won numerous awards, including the 2021 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist award for painting, the Artful Seeds Fellowship, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Award. Her work is part of Fidelity's permanent collections, Simmons University Ifill Archive, Boston Art Inc., Northeastern University archive, the Cambridge Arts Council, and the Federal Reserve of Boston.
Carew's work has been featured in publications such as the cover of Boston Art Review's No. 6 issue, The Boston Globe, New York Times, NPR Boston, and WBUR Artery. She is an educator, currently serving as the 2021-22 Artist in Residence at Shady Hill School, teaching workshops for the New Art Center in Newton, and screenprinting for Lesley University. Cicely was invited to attend The Stay Home Gallery residency in November 2021. She is in the process of creating new work for a solo exhibition scheduled to open at the Fitchburg Art Museum in the fall of 2022. Carew currently resides with her son in Cambridge, Massachusetts.