"My travels to Japan have renewed my creativity. Being able to share with my students the design aesthetics of that country has enlivened my teaching."
Carolyn used her fellowship to travel to Japan, where she visited Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, Kyoto, Nara and Tokyo. She toured shrines, temples and other sites of cultural significance and reconnected with artist friends she met at Indiana University. "The cherry trees were blooming all over the city and the landscapes of the gardens captured my interest and have become the inspiration for new paintings."
Concluding her fellowship experience, Carolyn had a solo exhibition at the Harrison Center for the Arts in February 2010, entitled Elemental: The Connections Between Us. She is now making large encaustic paintings on paper and hanging cloth pane result of her experience in Japan. "I am more confident with the minimalism in my artwork now."