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Artist Statement

Caroline S. Knickmeier is an American artist telling stories through poetry, artist books, photography, paintings and installation,  She is exploring images, objects, architecture, and installation and their potential to influence and communicate.  She creates installations to present experiences for her audience and enhance interior architecture.  

Her images are candid and unaltered; she approaches image-making as an opportunity to make the best of what's before her- an extension of her life and art philosophy.  Her work considers the power of unaltered photography and modern photography's potential for honesty and manipulation.  

Her candid photographs and installations tell stories and bring the outdoors in, connecting people to nature and science and humanities to art.


I have always been attracted to architecture and particularly the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.  My Grandfather was a foreman for Marshall Erdman and personally knew Frank Lloyd Wright.  He built one of Frank Lloyd Wright's usonion homes in the Madison area and told me about Mr. Wright and what it was like to work with him.

I can imagine the experience of different buildings and spaces and how structures and objects and design might evoke different feelings and experiences.  I am interested in the potential architecture has to effect lives.  I began exhibiting photographs through installations to create experiences for my audience that enhance architecture. 

Personally I have lived in more buildings than I am years old and have had the experience of considering the ways interior environments- objects, images, design, and architecture effect and shape our lives and function.  I consider interiors of the utmost importance, particularly in a climate and lifestyle that is lived mainly indoors.  I'm interested in creating improved environments and reconnecting people to nature through natural light, nature images, and other implementations of bringing outdoors in.

I've long been an artist.  Relatively unattended, I spent time outdoors as a child, building forts and structures, and ceramics creations in our art room.  My sisters and I would draw, paint, and make music for entertainment.  We were encouraged to play instruments.  I created photographs every chance I had.

In college I used disposable cameras as a tool to develop my approach to photography at the time.  I viewed it as a way to capture a single moment, unaltered, caught in time and alluding to greater concepts and themes.

I took goldsmithing classes and crafted architecture from silver.  Architecture was used as a means to express themes through my work.  I hand carved, fabricated, and used CAD to design and develop wearable architecture.

I moved to Madison, Wisconsin and began painting and photographing architecture.  I arrived in late 2008- early 2009 and began documenting changes to Madison and her buildings.  This artist book will drop in 2018- 2019, as a 10 year project.

Recently I designed an exhibit in Overture Center Gallery ll to enhance the interior architecture.  I created an installation of my Constant Project, displaying the work on large-scale aluminum sheets.  The pieces were placed together to form windows, as if I could actually alter time/space/architecture to brighten the gallery; I created an experience for my audience.

My current studies focus on architecture as I continue my long-time love affair.  I'm interested in what architecture relays about human history, values, and future.  I am studying "The Architectural Imagination" through Harvard University.


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.