Caroline Kent’s abstract practice is guided by a recognizable, yet unnamable language. Signifying schematics, fragments of poetry and fictional text take shape through an intuitive approach to color and form that is declarative yet illegible. Combinations of bold markings and idiosyncratic shapes are culled from the artist’s expansive archive of paintings on paper, begun in 2014. Symbol-like forms, cut from paper and wooden blocks, are merged and layered in a diaristic process that indexes moments past. Such improvisational relationships function as an aesthetic wordplay, wherein the geographies of forms signal multiple, indeterminate meanings. Kent’s work is included in the collections of the Walker Art Center, The Art Institute of Chicago, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others.
[excerpted from Casey Kaplan Gallery website: www.caseykaplangallery.com]