Artist Statement

I am focused on making work humanity needs by drawing connections and intersecting art, science, and humanities.  I am interested in how time spent in nature can positively influence society and how interior and exterior environments play a role in individual lives and influence culture.

What does it mean to be alive and live fully?  My work explores processes that question and incubate this curiosity.  I am interested in how society might incorporate ritual, process, and design into the everyday to improve lives, problem solve, and find new ways to create connections and learn and grow.

How can we make the most of what is before us?  What processes can we adapt to find meaning and problem solve, with the circumstances presented?  My work is concerned with freedom and attachment, connection and change, experience and memory, and development of self, place, and community, while considering interconnection of all life on the planet.  In what ways are we interconnected?  Can considering this question positively influence action to better the world?

Bio

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.  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 is currently exhibited at Overture Center.