Current

"Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1"
October 20 to December 15, 2013
Industry City, 220 36th St, Sunset Park Brooklyn 11232
curator: Phong Bui

Sponsored by the Dedalus Foundation, the Brooklyn Rail, the Jamestown Charitable Foundation, and Industry City Associates. Proceeds to help continuing victims of Hurricane Sandy.
https://www.facebook.com/cometogethersurvivingsandyyear1

Ms. Sun's work was recently noted by art critic Roberta Smith in the New York Times review of the exhibition: "Art, A Balm After The Storm." (Dec. 6, 2013)

This exhibition was ranked as number One of the Ten Best Art Shows of 2013 by Jerry Salty in New York Magazine


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"Celebrating Art in Queens"
LIC Arts Open and Falchi building , 4th floor
31-00 47th Avenue, LIC, NY 11101
May 16-18, 2014 10am to 6 pm

Reception: May 15, 5-7 pm

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"Lunar New Year Celebration"
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
January 26, 2014
(paintings by Caroline M. Sun as stage backdrop)

Walt Whitman Theatre, Brooklyn College
2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn, NY 11210

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"Winter Warmth"--Flowers in February and March
February 2 to March 28, 2014
Reception: February 8, 2-4 pm
Manhasset Library
30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset, NY 11030
Art Coordinator: Amy Finkston

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"Home & Habitat" exhibition
Women in the Arts Foundation

Riverside Library Community Gallery
127 Amsterdam Avenue, (at 65th Street)
New York, NY 10023, 212-870-1810
August 2 - August 27, 2013

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LIC Artists Inc. Independents Group Show

34-01 38th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
May 16 - May 19, 2013

The Secret Life of Animals

Ms. Sun is a visual artist living in Queens, New York. She works in acrylic on canvas and paper. In her work, she explores the secret and emotional lives of animals through painting and drawing. Her work has been exhibited at A.I.R. Gallery, Alliance of Queens Artists, Art-O-Mat, Bayside Historical Society, Callahan Gallery (St. Francis College), CIT Group, Citigroup Court Square Atrium, Colgate-Palmolive, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Draftfcb Headquarters, Elderfields Preserve, Elmont Public Library, Flushing Town Hall, Great Neck Arts Center, Industry City, Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Judson Memorial Church, Juvenal Reis Experimental Space, Heritage Museum of Epirus, Lazarus Gallery (United Hebrew), LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Life Space, Local Project, Manhasset Library, New York Academy of Medicine, Poppenhusen Institute, Queens Museum of Art, Red Mill Museum, Riverside Library (Lincoln Center), Sears Holding Corporation, Space Realty Group, Amelia A. Wallace Gallery (SUNY Old Westbury), and Women's Studio Center. Her paintings are also in private collections in New York City, NY; Washington, D.C.; Savannah, GA; and London, UK.

Ms. Sun has attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Women's Studio Center in Long Island City, NY, Rockland Community College, NY, and Great Neck Arts Center, Great Neck, NY.

Adoration

Adoration
acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24"

Artist Statement

I paint the Secret Lives of Animals. I look for the emotional moment between animals and ourselves. I create intuitively, without photographs, directly onto canvas using saturated acrylic color, with vibrant lines shading into abstraction, and carefully composed body postures and facial expressions. I also experiment with tones of dimensionality where works contain both "flat" and "three-dimensional" elements at the same time. My work has a narrative quality and there are stories, sometimes factual, sometimes fictional, behind each piece. Unlike most of art history where animals have been largely depicted in clinically biological terms or in largely symbolic modes, each of my animals imparts a distinct individual essence.

My love of animals began in childhood where I read and watched everything I could about them from television documentaries to animal encyclopedias to fictional stories. As animals in the wild have become increasingly isolated, refugees in their own lands, and marginalized by human development, I feel a deep urgency to tell their hidden stories -- to transform them from alien/outsiders to fellow inhabitants who deserve their place on our precious planet.

The Seduction

The Seduction
acrylic on canvas, 24" x 20"

Origins

Fond of drawing as a child, Ms. Sun remembers drawing roosters in crayon that brought admiration from adults. She was inspired by tales of animals in Aesop's fables, Greek mythology, and in children's classics like Watership Down, Black Beauty, Trumpet of the Swan, and many others. Although she has worked as a lawyer and as an instructor of English literature, she always maintained a deep and abiding interest in the natural world. She now devotes her energy and thoughts to her art. Her paintings are not derived from photographs, but come from the inner sight of her imagination and reflect forms arising from intuition. She is especially interested in the negative space that surrounds her animals--the line or edge where the animate touches the inanimate.

A profound love of animals informs Ms. Sun's work with a sense of nature's spirituality and grace. She depicts an emotional reality that emphasizes each animal's emanating spirit. In each work, she creates a unique moment: a pictorial-narrative center that tempts the viewer to wonder what has happened or will happen to the beings in her work. A slightly whimsical sensibility allows viewers to play and come up with their own solutions to complete the story.

The Wake

The Wake
acrylic on canvas, 24" x 18"

Recent Events

"View"
Kindred Spirits
October to April 2013
Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Road, College Point, NY 11356
http://poppenhuseninstitute.org/


"Diversity"
AOTA (Artists of the Americas) exhibition
Sun Trust, Atlanta, GA
October 18, 2012

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"Bloom Time"
April 20 to August 30, 2012
Space Realty Group, 29-09 38th Ave, LIC, NY 11101
http://bloomtimeexhibition.tumblr.com/

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"LICA Summer Exhibition 2"
July 16 to August 18.2012
Sterling National Bank, 30-30 47th Avenue, LIC, NY 11101

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"Summer Exhibition"
July 15 to August 19, 2012
150th Anniversary Celebration
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354

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"Secret Postcard"
July 8 to September 28, 2012
Red Mill Museum, 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809

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"Wish You Were Here 11"
June 21 to July 15, 2012
A.I.R. Gallery, 111 Front Street, Suite 228, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Diversity Best Practices
June 28 to June 29, 2012
AOTA exhibition at Network & Affinity Leadership Congress (NALC)
New York Academy of Medicine on Fifth Avenue, NYC

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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (May 2012)
Exhibitions with AOTA (Artists of the Americas)
CIT Group, Jacksonville, Florida
Sears Holdings Corporation, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Colgate-Palmolive, New Jersey
Draftfcb Headquarters, New York City, New York
www.aotaart.com/fortune-500.html

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Cultural heritage

As a first-generation Chinese-American, my reverence for animals began at an early age when I was told that I was born in the year of the Tiger. I soon learned that everyone is born into an animal year on the Chinese zodiac and is believed to possess traits that reflect that animal’s “personality.” As a Tiger, I was supposed to be courageous, passionate, and obstinate -- qualities that I certainly recognized in myself -- and this early identification led to an awareness that, as humans beings, we share many of the emotional qualities and feelings of the animals on this planet. Throughout the centuries, Chinese art is permeated with animals in painting, sculpture, and poetry as talismans, symbols, metaphors, and allusions. This animal-conscious heritage has informed and inspired my desire to make animals the focus of my art.

My painting also draws upon the practice of Chinese calligraphy in which the artist enters a meditative state to make characters freely with fresh and simple strokes. In my art, I apply paint directly onto the canvas; there is no sketching of the image first or underdrawing. I have painted and drawn this way since childhood and believe that this calligraphic sensibility enables me to create animal images that are immediate, of the moment, and expressive of emotional content.

Panel

Moderator, Asian American Bar Association of New York
"Celebrating Asian Pacific American Women's Heritage Through the Arts" on May 10, 2011
Dewey & LeBoeuf, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

With Mayor Mike Bloomberg

With Mayor Mike Bloomberg
Asian-Pacific Heritage reception, Gracie Mansion, May 1, 2008
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