Carolyn Parton is a sculptural painter, innovatively extending the medium through her exploration of paint as physical matter; embedded with memory.
Her research article ‘Extended Traces: Tracking the impact of painter upon environment’ was published in 2010.
“Within all the paint lies a story of the life it once lived in the hands of another, and the life reincarnated through my artworks. These are mans stories of the ancient past and present as told through paint”
Collecting spent paint — particularly that which has a backstory — from local housepainters to acclaimed international artists, she develops methods to reclaim this paint, incorporating it as a remnant of environment and history.
“The primal urge to make paint motivates my process, however my raw materials are those of contemporary painters.”
Like an archeologist Parton’s explores crucial moments of mans evolution to understand who we are in the present, as we stand at the cusp of an environmental challenge that will determine our legacy. Her sculpted paint cascades, landscapes of cosmic paint dust particles, stratified paint fragment installations, paint cloths mosaicked with pallet remnants and clustered jewel like paint tubes, become the archive.
Parton holds an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design, Cape Town University of Technology and a Bachelor of art in Fine Art (cum laude) from the University of South Africa, 2008. Her solo exhibitions include Emergence (1997), Release (2009) and This Remembering Land (2015). She has taken part in numerous group exhibitions throughout South Africa and in London and Rome. Her work is included in permanent collections such as Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art, University of Cape Town, University of South Africa and The Constitutional Court of South Africa. Prior to practising full time as an artist, she worked as a creative director in the design industry. She was born in Cape Town where she lives and works.