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Carolyn Beehler "Circles" art


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Carolyn Beehler is a paper artist living in Franklin, Tennessee. She was born in California but grew up in the South. She attended elementary school on Henpeck Lane and later a classical Christian school and finally art school at O'More College of Design. She spent the rest of her twenties moving around to disparate places including Shanghai, Italy, L.A. and Bloomington, Indiana, because she worried she'd settle down and never get to see the world. Besides art, she likes learning about gardening, shoe design, woodworking and writing.

From the artist:

"The square is the focal point of downtown Franklin with its monument of a Confederate soldier surrounded by cannons. This piece, more than most from my collection, explodes with images as if fired off by a bunch of Apple and Android cyber cannons: Big Bird, Kanye, Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, Saweetie the rapper, a zebra, a roaring bear, a cheerleader, books, toilet paper, rippling fabric, chocolates, plush toys and protesters in Cairo. It's a hectic aesthetic, revved up like a lean, mean Saturday night redneck hooking round a few dozen freaked out donut loops around the circle. But the hour captured here is dusk, and the cars in the scene are civil, waiting their turn. Even still, things aren't normal. Hollywood and art history and 21st century Forbes Magazine executives slink around unexpected places. Munch's loner wails as if weighing whether he can bear the horror of crossing the double yellow lines. Mona Lisa wonders what you think from a window beneath Taylor Swift's green face in the trees. Star Wars is cut up to spell Sars War. Roller coaster kids are caught in a shrub. Why?

If nothing else, this picture reinforces just how life can turn very strange, spinning out of control, even if we're adults in the diver's seat patiently waiting our turn."