Carol Luc

My work deals with the urban environment devoid of human figures, and the objects that I use are chosen for their familiarity and ordinariness.

Defining architectural space is an effective way to present the experience of emptiness. A void can only be defined by it’s relationship to objects within it. There’s a familiar, graspable emptiness, like the corner of a room.

I want to evoke a certain range of emotions- peace, melancholy, nostalgia, regret- as opposed to the grand passions. Like the artist Edward Hopper, I am compelled by the psychological effects of light and space.

Being an illusionist painter, I am allowed to create convincing images of something that’s not there…but might have been.

My printmaking (lithography) continues the themes explored in my paintings: Using realistic renderings of architectural spaces to express quiet and reflective emotional states. These empty, neglected or abandoned spaces were chosen because they evoke a sense of the familiar in the midst of an ever-evolving world. The spaces are in a state of transition, and the ruination serves to remind us of the transitory nature of life, of loss and of change.

These images depict spaces involved in everyday life, but are not literal transcriptions of the scene. For me, architectural spaces work as the equivalents of interior states of the human psyche. My working process involves selection, heightening, subtraction and distillation in order that the work evokes places of feeling or memory. It is hoped that a sense of spirituality can be shown through form and the fusion of external reality with inner consciousness.