August 12th, 2020
The whimsical beauty of the work by Carolina Seth is stunning. Her work is surreal and dream like. Her use of colours and seems to put you at ease like how one would feel as they slowly start to fall asleep. The subject matter is beautiful and odd and very intriguing. Her subtle use of darker imagery is a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one. Carolina’s work just puts the viewer at ease. It’s as if you have entered the beginning of a fairy-tale where everything is odd and different but yet warm and comforting and strangely familiar.
Where are you from?
I was born and grew up in Spain. I've been living for many years in the United States and call Washington DC metro area home.
How did you get interested in art?
As a little kid, I enjoyed painting and creating with my hands. I grew up in a very artistic family surrounded by all types of creativeness, painting, sculpture, music, etc. So the decision wasn’t unexpected when I decided to become an artist. It was just an organic process and felt natural to follow this path.
How would you describe your style?
It's hard for me to define, I think it's a blend of different things. Many describe my work as whimsical, pop surreal, dark surrealist, kawaii. I think all of these are accurate.
What inspires your work?
Inspiration can strike at any time and be found in the most unusual places. A walk in the park and seeing nature, visiting museums, travelling, a specific movie, fashion, are common sources of inspiration. My European and East Asian family background inspires my work and how I approach it.
What do you want people to experience when they see your work?
To be able to travel with their minds and engage in intriguing scenarios. To get away for a moment from the routine of everyday life and experience other possibilities.
What is your process for a piece from start to finish? How long does it take from idea to print on your site?
Color is the first thing I think about, followed with what I want to convey, what kind of mood do I want to set. After doing some research for my subject/s, I sketch different possibilities with pencil.
I usually start first by adding color to the background and that sets the overall vibe of the piece. At different stages throughout the process, I will take snapshots and digitally paint and experiment other alternatives, this saves a lot of time and prevents from having to constantly work and re-work the actual physical surface.
How long it takes me depends on many factors; the kind of project, the complexity and size of the piece, the medium chosen, etc., and what else I have going on at the time. Each day the amount of time I dedicate to the work at hand could be different. For oil paintings it could take several months. Illustrations and works on paper usually take me a few days, sometimes 1-2 hours if they are small.
If you had a time machine where would you go and why?
There are so many eras in history that I would like to visit, one of them is the time of the pharaohs and great pyramids in Ancient Egypt. Also, the far future, not the apocalyptic dystopias from movies (I’ll most likely not survive.) , but a beautiful utopia, one where you travel to other faraway places in fantastic machines in a blink of an eye. That could be so much fun.
What does your work say about you?
Hmmm, I don't know. I think this should be answered by others. I hope whoever sees my work recognizes the love and effort I put into my creations.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A scientist, an archeologist.
When you sleep what kind of dreams do you have?
Very weird. When I was a teen, I dreamt frequently about flying. Those were the best dreams. Now they are nonsensical and surreal.
What would the title of this Chapter of your life be?
“To Be Continued”
Is social media a blessing or a curse for artists?
It could be a double edge sword, depending on how you approach it. I think it’s a great time to be an artist, as the Internet and social media offers artists exposure to countless people around the world, something that was impossible not long ago. Being able to exchange ideas and interact with your audience is wonderful. I personally enjoy discovering new creatives and seeing works that inspire me.
What is your favorite subject matter to show?
Creatures/animals, mythology, sci-fi.
What's the best thing someone has said about your work that stuck with you? Negative or Positive.
Long time ago when I was just starting to make a living from my art, some executive in the commercial art business said that my work was “too detailed, too beautiful” and “that doesn’t sell.” I took it as a positive comment.
Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?
None lol. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but I do like homemade blondies and green tea ice-cream from time to time.