Artist / Painter
Carla Armour is a visual artist who lives and works in the British seaside city of Brighton & Hove. After graduating from Parsons School of Design (NYC) in the 80s she returned to her Caribbean Island, Dominica delivering her message through abstract symbolism in mixed media paintings, fashion, Conceptual and Installation art, poetry and spoken word performances. Carla is known for her Lifelines series; employing tribal symbols and prehistoric glyph images and markings, her current work ‘Resonance’, explores the use of ritual elements and sacred spaces and abstracted objects to imbed messages into her paintings and installations pieces.
She has participated in shows and exhibitions over the years in the Caribbean, US, Europe and Namibia, some of which included the International Art Project ‘Women of the World, a Global Collection of Art’, submissions and readings for Literary Festivals, an International Artist Exchange, ‘Carambolage’ with eight artists from Austria and Dominica, a solo exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Namibia and recently participated in the UK-based project ‘Wheel 'n' Come Again’, a dynamic Film & Arts program managed by Legacy Film UK for which exhibitions and events venues included Onca Gallery, Hastings Arts Forum and a two-day program at Fabrica, Brighton in December 2016. She will also show at the Caribbean Arts Festival in Barbados in early March 2017.
"Generally, my work is meditative. I want it to be emotive."
"I love the actual act of creation, playing with the material and the effects I can produce. Using acrylics, oils and mixed media, collage etc, I play with colour and their meanings, with automatic writing and drawing inspired by interactions and experiences as one source of inspiration for my work. When I am painting or writing it is purely about the medium… the message reveals itself. I enjoy manipulating the shapes, textures, words and the rhythm, finding the imagery and tempting the senses to see, taste or feel the patterns. I love the freeness of the initial abstract expression while at the same time reducing it down to lines and shapes and layered combinations that resonate with each other to draw the audience inward. I want others to also feel the intimacy of that liberation I feel from my first markings to my last."