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Published:October 29th, 2013 02:44 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Caryl M. Christian Levy on The American Perspective

Judyth Piazza interviews Caryl M. Christian Levy on The American Perspective

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Caryl M. Christian Levy`s artistic expertise encompasses a range of mediums including, painting, music, performance, and printmaking.   With a post-impressionist sensibility and deep roots in American regionalism, her mixed-media collaged monotypes explore issues of domesticity, nostalgia and the familiar.


Caryl`s latest body of collage work evolved from several monotype printmaking workshops in Tuscany, Italy in 2004.  While exploring various traditional chine colle techniques, Caryl introduced her long-held treasure trove of lace tatting, crocheting created by her Grandmothers. These fabrics were combined with tissue dress patterns during the printing process producing a body of work imbued with layered texture, color, multi-generational history and meaning.  


In a recent statement, Caryl describes one of her early experiences with this unique art- making process.    "My first attempt to combine the pattern pieces with the monotypes resulted in the Self Portrait." This introduced a complicated printing pull from the press since I used five smaller plates in an arrangement on two full sheets of printing paper with carefully positioned pattern tissues.  I was so involved in the printing process and plate registration that I left my latex gloves- that I had been using to keep my hands clean - on the plate under the paper and ran it thru the press. The happy accident gave the work a good figurative reference as well as left the artists` mark on the piece-both things I really liked. So in future work, I collaged complete pattern pieces and continued to add the gloves that I used during the creation of the print as a reference to the figure and the authentic handcrafted nature of an original work. "


Caryl continues to use family artifacts embedded in her artwork by pulling from past remnants of her family experience and historical reference.   She is a Fulbright Scholar who received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska and Iowa, and Masters of Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California.  She is an accomplished studio and public artist, educator, and art administrator working out of her studio in the quaint district of Historic Chinatown, downtown Los Angeles.  Formerly Director of Research and Special Projects at USC Roski School of Fine Arts, Caryl`s recent public art installation near Philadelphia, Sonic Wall, has won the National Merit Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society. She has exhibited frequently at such recent shows as Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery;  Brand 39, Glendale Library Art Gallery; Four Artists: Singular Impressions, Manhattan Beach Arts Center; and Celebration of Art and Architecture, Xian, China.  Two samples of Caryl`s artistic diversity and excellence are captured in the images of her works here. 


Learn more about Caryl Levy. See her art at her Official Website, and contact her for acquisitions of existing inventory and commission works at : www.cmcfinearts.us  For press, interview requests with the artist and lecturer, contact the publicity department at: 310-226-7176.