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Inspired by the water

November 5, 2011
By Cindy Votruba ( , Marshall Independent

Carla Goldberg said she was inspired to be an artist after watching a favorite well-known cartoon.

Goldberg's exhibit "Bodice of the Goddess" is currently on display at the Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum.

Goldberg, who is a New York City artist, said she remembered that she was watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon when she was just 4 years old and saw that the title character was painting a picture. She grew up in Palm Springs, Calif.

"I remember asking my grandmother what he was doing and she said he was a painter," Goldberg said.

That firmed her decision at age 4 to become an artist. Goldberg said her grandmother helped get her art lessons at the YMCA in a class filled with adults.

"My grandmother was able to talk them into it," Goldberg said.

Goldberg took art classes all through high school and college. She came to the East Coast for graduate school, attending the Maryland Institute, College of Art, earning her master's of fine art. Then she moved to New York City.

She said her family has been supportive of the arts and believed in the importance of art in one's life.

As art is important in her life, Goldberg said she'll even wake up in the middle of the night to start painting.

"My oldest daughter seems to be following in that path," Goldberg said.

Goldberg is an abstract media artist, using resin and clear plexiglass in several of her works.

Goldberg said she started working with resin because of her house, an 1880s Victorian with "creative plumbing." After redoing the bathroom floor for the third time, she needed to seal the floor to keep it clean. She found an old bottle of resin and used it.

"It was very shiny and beautiful," she said. But it also looked as if the bathroom floor had flooded, so Goldberg started sanding the floor. While she was doing that project, Goldberg thought about different ways to use resin.

"It was my natural curiosity to explore different materials," Goldberg said.

She uses those different materials with traditional art mediums, pushing them into new forms.

"I guess it's a signature to a point," Goldberg said.

For the last six years, Goldberg said water has been the focus of her art.

"It's about playing around with different folk tales," Goldberg said. She paints about bodies of water using a cross section of folklore, culture and science.

"I'm creating my own new stories through the paintings," she said. The goddesses featured in her "Bodice of the Goddess" series aren't the old type of "touchy-feely" playful goddesses, she said.

"This is about emotions and temper tantrums, they are divas in a way," Goldberg said.

The "Goddess" series is running parallel with another series on water surfaces, Goldberg said.

Goldberg said she hasn't finished the "Bodice of the Goddess" series.

"I don't see an end to the series for a while," she said.

Besides her artwork, Goldberg is the gallery director of the Skylight Gallery in New York City. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Goldberg said one of her upcoming exhibits will be in Berlin, Germany next year.



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