Caroline Bullock has been actively painting for over 20 years. Her work is included in multiple private and corporate collections worldwide. In Atlanta, she is represented by one of the Southeast's leading art galleries, Spalding Nix Fine Art. She also enjoys working directly with designers and collectors to create custom commissioned pieces or licensed imagery for a broad range of art programs.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA
Alston & Bird, New York, NY
Wells Real Estate Funds, Atlanta, GA
Cousins Properties, Atlanta, GA
Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta, GA
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts
Westin Hotels and Resorts
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
The work I make is a visual record of my human attempt to understand the universe. I am interested in how we create our perceived human reality with complex systems of mathematics and science, but with nature as the backdrop and laboratory. I am intrigued by the unseen and subterranean and what happens at the subatomic level. The world of the micro universe is a constant source of inspiration. And yet while mathematics and science are the language of nature, they also distort the perception of natural beauty and mystery. I am endlessly curious and constantly questioning, but I am also becoming more and more comfortable with not knowing and finding clarity in concepts of nonduality.
Cyanotype plays an important role as the physical backdrop to and metaphorical content of my work. I am interested in how the photograph can serve as a direct marker of a place or object in time. Many of the subjects of recent cyanotypes consist of plants and vines local to Georgia such as kudzu, honeysuckle and wisteria. These vines are by nature structure-less and therefore rely upon an existing support to cling, grow and climb, a metaphor which is important to the content of the work.
The final paintings in their full realization are a story of my attempt to understand nonduality through seemingly dualistic processes: the juxtaposition of controlled actions with a calculable result through the use of photography, with a painting process that is non-linear and unpredictable. As the paints are poured, they flow and blend, react or crack, and make marks on their own, not only serving as an illustration of the microcosmic and macrocosmic vision of the universe, but also perhaps as a teacher of the essence of reality.
Wayfinding at Spalding Nix Fine Art 2020
The term “wayfinding” is used to describe the multiple ways humans and animals orient themselves in physical space and navigate through this space. The current exhibit at Spalding Nix Fine Art, “Wayfinding,” borrows its title from this term and expands upon my philosophical and scientific questions about the nature of reality, impermanence, and the intersections between science and spirituality. The pieces in this new body of work can be seen as personal maps and signs, examples of what I turned to or uncovered when structures in my life I once thought solid changed or dissolved. While quantum mechanics, eastern spiritual traditions and philosophy continued to inform the work, the very act of painting itself became a wayfinding tool. Much of the process involved pouring pools of paint, sometimes manipulating the paper, other times not, often allowing gravity to do the work, and trusting the paint to forge its own way into a form more authentic than one I could control with my hands. The process is as important then as the end product as it offers a chance at reconciliation with unanswerable questions.