History and abstraction are at the core of my work. I produce paintings and
drawings based on the regional history of the United States, with a focus on
immigration, feminism, and the human impact on the land.
In 1979, I immigrated from Europe to the United States. In contrast with my
upbringing, America seems to be in constant motion. Jobs, homes, families,
neighborhoods, and wealth can all change in the blink of an eye. How can I
understand these complex phenomena? Instead of trying to grasp the whole picture, I focus on local history and make works organized in collections tailored to each area I study. My research starts with the effect that humans have had on this land. The landscape bears the marks of the people who have lived here through the millennia. The exploitation and allocation of the available resources have caused enormous political and societal changes. I follow those lines, looking, getting lost, backtracking, and finding new threads. American history is a rabbit hole of information I love to fall into.
In studio, the bewildering effect of the research spurs my imagination. The
information I gather creates abstract shapes in my mind, that is how I see the world.
The first image that comes into focus while reading drives my work in the
studio. Paintings and drawings naturally crystallize around shapes, motifs, and colors that
refer to each area. I work with vinyl emulsions, watercolors, inks, and pencils on
paper or canvas of various sizes.
I have been fortunate to exhibit in several museums focusing on history. These venues
have allowed me to tailor the works to the space and the needs of their communities.
At openings and events, I have found that visitors enjoy guessing abstract references and
are interested in how an outsider like me sees them. As the community gathers and visits with one another, the exhibitions become a way to connect and reminisce,
I have learned a lot through the decades of committing to abstraction and history, yet
I need more. I want to keep going, know more, do more. As an artist, it is ultimately
all I ask.
Carole d’Inverno (b. 1956, Spa, Belgium) is a research-driven artist focusing on
American history. Her paintings and drawings investigate themes of immigration,
feminism, and human impact on the land. Notable solo exhibitions include the Duluth
Art Institute, Duluth, MN; Atlantic Gallery, NY, NY; The Massillon Museum, Massillon,
OH; The Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC; PENN State University, Altoona,
PA; and the State University of New York, Rochester, NY. d’Inverno has participated in
exhibitions at the Maitland Art and History Museums, Maitland, FL; North Seattle
College Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; NARS Foundation, NY, NY; Schweinfurth Art Center,
Auburn, NY; Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD; and the Ronald Barr
Gallery, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN, amongst others.
d’Inverno lives and works in New York.