Caroline Jariwala is a highly prolific artist who has been working in the field of fine art since 1986. Her creativity is inspired by her Gujarati Indian heritage, celebrating female identity through themes of ritual, custom, and culture.
As a painter, Caroline’s large canvases are rich in colour and texture that evoke multiple layers of meaning and symbolism. This has now been translated into her current series of intricate and detailed mosaics.
These beautiful pieces of mosaic art are inspired by the replicating patterns discovered within nature, and also by the Rangoli designs and Mendhi patterns of Caroline’s Indian heritage. The use of vibrant colours and skilful shapes adds to an overall feeling of depth and form. As a consequence, viewers are drawn to both the tactile nature of the medium and the story told. The genius of Caroline’s work demonstrates the beauty of mosaics as a true art form whose versatility, given the properties of the materials used, can be employed in any environment.
Fundamental to Caroline’s mosaic work is the use of picassiette, literally “stolen from plate”. Patterns are cut free from the constraints of old, rejected, discarded, and damaged second-hand crockery to find new life, purpose, and beauty. The viewer is immediately connected to familiar plate and cup designs that speak to their own stories and memories; however these patterns are used in fresh new ways to create detail, such as a face, a seed head, or the border pattern of a sari.
Through exhibiting, demonstrating and teaching around the UK over the years, Caroline’s work has been steadily gaining popularity. Mango Mosaic workshops, held in her artist studio at home, are proving a hit with participants of all ages.
Caroline is at present creating her Garden Goddess Series which will be on show in a solo exhibition at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, in March 2014. These mosaics incorporate Caroline’s love of gardening and her awareness of this as a healing practice. This latest work brings to the fore her desire to piece together fragments in order to make sense of experience and create a new story. She sees a strong correlation between the creation of a mosaic and how the creator views them; of how making and wellness are embodied in the process of mosaic making. Caroline’s unique view of the world is thus embodied in her work.
To find out more about Caroline please look at her art work on Art-Anchor: http://art-anchor.com/m/photos/view/Nanni-Ma-Garden-Goddess-Series-Caroline-Jariwala and for full information please visit her website and Facebook page.