Caroline is a painter and textile designer in New York, NY.
AP: What was your intro to fine art?
CZH: I was like 1 years old, my mom was super creative and I grew up in a super creative household. I was always painting and drawing and we always had activities so I liked doing it from a very young age. When I went to art school and choose a major I was like obviously I am going to be a painter. Although I did have a brief little thing with illustration but that was a really bad match. At RISD you have to pick a mayjor and the first day I walked into class I was like OMG I have to get outta here so I was only in that department for 3 weeks.
AP: Because you started painting at such a young age can you speak about the progression of your work and if there are any similarities from when you started to now?
CZH: There pretty similar, I think they have gone through stages but I am back to a more juvenile and direct way of applying paint to a canvas which is more like what you do when you are 3 but at RISD I had a lot of formal training in color theory and did non abstract work like portiture and landscaps but I didn’t every like it, like I did it and I could do it but I never really liked it. So after RISD I took a break from painting and when I eventually came back in to painting it naturally went directly back in to abstract, non conceptual direct way of putting paint on canvas.
AP: We are doing a collaboration where you are painting on ceramics, what about ceramics and painting on clay is exciting to you and is it different than painting on canvas.
CZH: its so fun for me and it makes me fell like I am in preschool again! Its different because painting on something that is 3D is a whole different thing… in a good way. Painting on ceramics, which is something ive always wanted to do, is more about the feeling of the piece and responding to the feeling of it and reacting with marks on the piece. It’s a really different dialog then reacting to a canvas, which is a flat space, so its differnet but its coming from the same place, its coming from me and I have the same type of stories I want to tell and the same kind of marks I make but I am respond to a different shape which is telling a different story.
AP: What are the stories you are telling in your painting?
CZH: The thing I like to paint, which is funny because I have a textile company, deals with fabric and textiles. When I was at RISD I started painting piles of laundry and the textures of that mixed with collage. I just think there is an interesting story behing the things we wear over and over and the cycle of making it clean again and I like pattern and texture so there is so much depth there for me to play with so that’s generally where my works comes from. But its not really like htat when im in the studio painting on cermaimcs, its more about me reacting to the specific piece but generally if I think about what I paint it’s a concept of cleaning something and making it dirty again, that’s generally what I paint about.