Carol’s Poetic Art Micrography uses the written word to evoke textures and forms found in nature. Look closely and you will see these pieces are given substance and life not by lines or brush-strokes but by words. Poems, political writings, musings — all form various elements of each piece. Techniques used include watercolor, India ink painting, etching, and pen-and-ink micrography. In 2010 she began etching poetry into glass and is now playing with writing backwards into glass, offsetting layers of text and paint.

BonnetBloomgardenStudioCarol has dabbled at the Rhode Island School of Design, communed with whale and dolphin sounds at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, served the wind- and flood-stricken with the Red Cross in Louisiana, and has worked as Registered Nurse to support her art habit.

Now she works full-time in her studio, sorting poetry by length, to find the perfect words for a newly created painting.  She says she does indeed realize it would probably be easier to start with the poem, but prefers to do things the unnecessarily painstaking and ridiculously arduous way. Rather than illustrating a poem, she likens the process to giving a painting a voice and an emotional background.

She lives with her husband, writer, teacher and musician Gordon Bonnet, along with two dogs and a cat in Trumansburg, New York.

Carol has been a member of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail since 2003. She also apprentices with Mary Ellen Salmon at Salmon Pottery in Trumansburg, NY and sells her artwork at the Gallery at Salmon Pottery.  Several pieces are also available online through Etsy. She welcomes comments through her website: www.cbgb-arts.com, where you can also see her upcoming show schedule.

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