Place of Residence: Peekskill, NY
Date of Birth: June 17, 1953
My images of commonplace objects reflect my personal experience of the ordinary as extraordinary. Most people rarely think about the "stuff" in our lives but, to me, even the most ordinary items seem magical.
I often depict old instruments, mechanical devices, and fabric because their repetitive patterns create rhythms of light, shadow, and forms that can be manipulated to convey my phantasmagorical perceptions. The ability to achieve dramatic lighting effects through the mezzotint engraving process makes it the ideal medium for rendering my imagery.
Although my style may be categorized as representational in the nature morte tradition, to me, still-life does not mean dead weight. By portraying my subjects transcending their status as lifeless objects I strive to depict the anima in the inanimate.
Carol Wax works in several media but is best known for her mezzotint engravings. Her prints are in numerous collections including the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; The New York Public Library, New York, NY; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Wax's honors and awards include two New York Foundation for the Arts Artist's Fellowships; the 2004 NYFA Concordia Career Advancement Award; The American Academy of Arts and Letters Louise Nevelson Award for Printmaking; and residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation's Space Program, Colorado Springs, CO. She has also recieved over 25 awards in international art competitions.
Wax frequently conducts mezzotint workshops and lectures. She has taught at The Rhode Island School of Design, SUNY New Paltz, and New York University. Wax is the author of The Mezzotint: History and Technique, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1990.