Carolyn Case uses rich patterning and intense colors to convey a spiritual and psychological experience. Based in Maryland, Case has travelled extensively to Iran and Egypt, incorporating Middle Eastern textiles into invented landscapes. Establishing texture through varied, layered line work, she allows aggravated strokes to form strange plants and ombre urns, collaged against a pointillist sky or undiscernible figure. Her indiscriminate use of color and compiled symbols intentionally muddles distinctions between East and West, Earth and Space, Physical and Spiritual.
Case received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University and Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute, College of Art (1994, 1997). She is the recipient of fellowships from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Maryland Institute of Art and Vermont Studio Center, as well as a residency from the Kanoria Art Center in Ahmedabad, India. She has exhibited at the Katzen Art Center, the Corcoran Gallery, Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, DC and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California. She currently lives in Baltimore where she teaches painting and drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art.