Caroline Chorazy is a self-taught, Toronto-based abstract artist specializing in acrylics and gold leaf. She draws her inspiration from natural elements in an attempt to capture organic movement and flow in all of her artwork. Her use of gold leaf and/or pigment gives each piece a unique gesture and ability to change appearance or shape in cohesion with the room and light. We interviewed Caroline to learn more about her practice, inspirations, and what she is working on today.
1. How does your creative day look like and what inspires you to make art? Has your creative day changed due to Covid-19?
Art is a release for me. My inspiration usually comes from nature, but each piece takes on a life of its own once I get started. For me, creativity and emotion often blend together. I find my pieces will reflect my sentiments in the moment. Being a teacher and having young children of my own, throw in Covid-19, sometimes it’s hard to find time.
2. Tell us more about your art studio.
It wasn’t until recently that I found a dedicated space to call my studio. I used literally every surface imaginable to create. Be it my porch, outside on the deck, the dining room table, the floor, I’ve had to get creative about where I paint (it can get messy!)
3. How did you first get interested in your medium?
Exposure and experimentation. My mother was an art restorer. Growing up I’d see her using gold leaf on frames and I instantly fell in love.
4. Describe your style in one sentence.
5. Has your style changed over time?
I’ve always loved the texture. I’d say my style evolved with experimentation into achieving different textures for the desired outcome.
6. What are your main artistic tools?
Freestyle paddle brush and a good texture gel.
7. Do you ever experience creativity blocks and how do you stay positive and inspired?
All the time. Life gets busy. Work, family, and responsibilities sometimes take up a lot of space in my head. When that happens, I tell myself it’s ok. Once the tide passes, I’m always super excited to start creating again. Staying positive can be trickier. Especially when you begin to question if the material you are putting out there is inspiring to others.
8. What artists - either contemporary or from history - have had an impact on you and your art practice?
I’ve always loved Monet, Klimt, and Van Gogh. The Group of Seven also stood out to me growing up. I remember flipping through and admiring many Impressionist Art books as a child.
9. Do you think the art world has changed or will be changing due to the pandemic? If yes, how?
I think the pandemic has made it more challenging to gain physical exposure. With lockdowns and restrictions on events, artists have had to find creative ways to have their artwork seen. But I also think it has accelerated the virtual marketplace for emerging artists to participate more freely.
10. What project are you working on right now? What would you like to do next?
I’m working with warmer tones currently. Adding a bit more texture. I’m excited to see where it will take me!