The rational and the intuitive are connected in my work. Personal translations of fleeting moments of reality are combined with shapes and colors of the indescribable taken from my imagination. Each individual painting is connected to feelings associated with experience, memory, and desire. They are unplanned, but through the process of their creation, forms and shapes are revealed, and if successful, form a unified whole. By weaving colors, patterns, and textures together, I feel as if I am instrumental in a healing, unifying process, not only for myself, but for those who experience the work.
Working serially, there are several motifs that are repeated. These motifs serve as the foundation for the work and enable the painting’s “architecture” to adhere and activate the work’s surface. The coupling of grids, both painted and applied, serve as an example of this and also derive from the personal. The black-and-white linoleum tile floor in the kitchen and dining room of my Italian grandparents’ sugar cane plantation in Louisiana created a sense of order in contrast to the chaos of the large family dinners, abundance of food, and loud conversations that took place. The grid of the needlepoint canvas that is sutured into the painting, is an homage to my Emergency Room physician husband, who died too young, and an acknowledgement of the historic antecedents of women who expressed their creativity through craft needlepoint and quilts, and not with paint. As a woman of the baby boom generation, I had my own struggles to define myself as a professional artist. Through tragedy and loss, I was thrust into expressing strong emotions and ideas uniquely with paint, color, textures, collaged papers and the use of my handicraft, needlepoint.
The patterns and topographies created by mark-making with paint are in synchronicity with the textural surfaces of the other materials. Together, they form a panoply of architectural details, Mardi Gras costumes, and the rhythms of music tied to memories of New Orleans, and art, people and places of my travels. Wrought iron, latticework with sweet smelling vines, and the arabesque movements in the French and Italian lace seep from my subconscious and into the work.
Los Angeles based artist Andree B. Carter was born and raised in New Orleans. The city’s vibrant cultural life influenced her use of color and patterning, combined with the nuanced palette and textures of the verdant Northwest. She continues to explore color and texture through the vast cultural diversity of Los Angeles. Carter’s method of collage incorporates paper, fabric, and needlepoint, all adding to the physicality of her work. In 2012, she moved to Los Angeles to be the Program Coordinator of General Education and member of the faculty at the Art Institute of Hollywood, until she retired in 2014 to work full time on her art. Previously, she was the Academic Director of Liberal Arts and faculty member at the Art Institute of Seattle for fifteen years. She received an MFA from The University of New Orleans and BS from Loyola University in New Orleans (Cum Laude). She also studied art history in Florence, Italy through a summer program at Tulane University.
In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions, most notably a large-scale installation at the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans in 1998, Carter has been honored with painting fellowships from the Bau Institute held in Otranto, Italy, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts; the recipient of a solo exhibition from the New Orleans Painting Competition, and several awards from juried shows in Los Angeles, including the Artistic Selection Award from the Korean Cultural Center for the 24th Annual Juried Competition, and the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA where her work received 2nd Place, Best in Show. Her most recent award is artist in residency at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming for September 2019. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections, most notably in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA and the Iberia Bank, New Orleans and Shreveport, LA
Carter is a member of Women Painters West, Los Angeles Art Association, and Women’s Caucus for the Arts, California Chapter.
See more of Andrée's work on her website.