The Secret Life of Animals
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.
Video on Ms. Sun
- 18 images of Ms. Sun's work were presented at "Sacred Spaces": SlideLuck PotShow with Asian American Arts Alliance The Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, NYC October 2, 2011 (be sure to have your speakers on)
- Caroline has recently filmed a video entitled "A Starving Artist's Tour of Chinatown-Flushing"
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.
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.
October to April 2013
Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Road, College Point, NY 11356
AOTA (Artists of the Americas) exhibition
Sun Trust, Atlanta, GA
October 18, 2012
April 20 to August 30, 2012
Space Realty Group, 29-09 38th Ave, LIC, NY 11101
"LICA Summer Exhibition 2"
July 16 to August 18.2012
Sterling National Bank, 30-30 47th Avenue, LIC, NY 11101
July 15 to August 19, 2012
150th Anniversary Celebration
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
July 8 to September 28, 2012
Red Mill Museum, 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
"Wish You Were Here 11"
June 21 to July 15, 2012
A.I.R. Gallery, 111 Front Street, Suite 228, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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
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
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.
"Celebrating Asian Pacific American Women's Heritage Through the Arts" on May 10, 2011Dewey & LeBoeuf, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY