Carolyn Gerk Artist in Residence Northern AB Artist in Residence - Summer 2022 I am a self taught artist and mother living on Treaty 8 land. I work in a variety of physicalmediums, including watercolor, ink, linocut and mixed media fiber arts. My work focuses largely onfeminism, social issues, literature, film and the natural world.My artwork evokes a sense of movement and freedom, with wild splashes of color and twisting lines.Figures are encompassed by swirling, loose colors and vibrant pools, and feature examinations of howbeauty and horror intersect. When working with lino carvings, I aim for bold lines contrasting small details, and a sense offluidity and motion. I adore the richness that comes with a well carved piece; not to mention thesatisfaction of working steadily and slowly. When it comes to creating, I work quickly and almostfervently, motivated by a concept or an idea that I can hardly wait to see fulfilled. Linocut carvingrequires me to slow down and be patient with the process.A student at heart, I research many of my works before creating them, to study theories and concepts,to ensure the statements made through my work are fully formed. I use many online and print textresources to create my pieces.As a rural, northern artist, it can be a challenge to find avenues for artistic efforts. Living andworking in an area with few options for displaying and promoting artwork and difficulty with accessingsupplies are notable obstacles. I am active in working with my local library, which is a helpful way tokeep in touch with arts and culture programming. I utilize a good deal of online networking to expandmy work and my business. Through these connections, I have joined a collective of creatives who arecommitted to donating a percentage of sales to charity on a monthly basis. I am passionate aboutdonating to causes that promote social justice and women’s rights.Motherhood also factors greatly into my work. I work from home while also schooling my twochildren. I often find myself using my knowledge of art and artists to create engaging programming andcurriculum. The two jobs, parenting and creating, are deeply entangled, and one often feeds the other.My studio is merely a corner of my living room, surrounded by noise, mess and love. I am deeplydedicated to my work and rarely have a day when I don’t create something. Creating is my work and mypassion, and I am tremendously grateful for it.