Artist Statement

I think an artist's job is to analyze, interpret, and communicate.  I am interested in solving problems and asking questions.  I present possibilities of how to make even the smallest thing better.  

I'm currently focused on architecture and consider how the buildings we occupy can represent that which is out of our circle of control.  I'm interested in how buildings can be improved to improve lives that occupy them, but also what can be done when the architecture we are subject to is relatively unchangeable.  That is perhaps one of the most important roles of art, philosophy, and religion.  

How are values, or lack thereof, communicated through architecture?  In our modern life can we build and live in a way as to value more than the dollar?

My additional work tells stories, examines, and gives hope to life's challenges.  


Caroline S. Knickmeier is an artist and writer.  She grew up traveling and experiencing life in the city, the wild, and on a variety of college campuses.  She was born along the Mississippi River in southwestern Wisconsin where she dodged rattlesnakes and caught fish.  She lived off the grid and protected endangered species in remote locations of Hawaii for the National Park Service.  Her BA was earned from the University of Minnesota and the University of Montana in Liberal Studies and Wilderness.  Studies continued at Flathead College in professional goldsmithing and Madison College, where she studied painting, photography, and ceramics.  Presently she is studying Communication at UW Madison with Continuing Studies and "The Architectural Imagination" online with Harvard.  She prefers to walk to capture photographs if not driving a sports car or riding a motorcycle, so you'll find her creating new work daily, making the best of what's before her.  All of her work is done in-camera, all work is unaltered.

She exhibits widely in venues such as Overture Center, Janet Carson Gallery, JMKAC, UW Lofts Gallery, Edgewood College Gallery, Arterie Fine Art Gallery, and Gallery Marzen, among others.  She has had poetry, creative nonfiction, nonfiction, photography, and paintings published in a variety of projects and literary journals including Yahara Journal, Thought Collection Publishing, LED Publishing, Apeiron Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Voices Project, FSTOP, The Artist Unleashed, and The Birds We Piled Loosely,  with work forthcoming with Main Street Rag Publishing, among others.  Her solo show Constant was recently exhibited at Overture Center.  Her work is created in and around the Village of Shorewood Hills.