Carolyn Swiszcz

Gallery Affiliations: Steven Zevitas Gallery, Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects, Highpoint Editions

Region: Midwest


City / State: West St. Paul, MN

A “thin place,” in Celtic Christianity, is one where, in the words of author Sylvia Maddox, ”the veil that separates heaven and earth is lifted and one is able to receive a glimpse of the glory of God.” These paintings depict places I’ve encountered on recent travels where I have felt in touch with a kind of grace. Admittedly, my “thin places” are rather mundane and so are the illuminations I receive; when the “veil” lifts for me at the food court, I am more often stirred by humorous dread than holy vision.

I try to bring the unpredictability of printmaking to my paintings; trace monotype, masking tape, and rubber stamps were used to build the layers in these works.