I Make Shit Up, Is That Too Harsh?

An artist statement by Carrie Pearce

The underpinning of my work is the story. I guess you could say I am a “Story Painter of Half-truths”. I aim to create an image that has never been seen through Imaginary Realism. I enjoy digging stories out of my brain and creating a new world on the plane of two-dimensional panel.

Everything has a story, Every person, animal and object came from somewhere and carries it’s history like a ghost. Perhaps, this is why I am drawn to the haunting, turn of the century photos for my subjects. Where did you come from? What became of you? What do you want to be when you grow up? They rarely answer...

My enjoyment in the creation of art lies in the making of...“making shit up”. (BTW I am tired of being PC) So, You will see people, wildlife, and still-life paintings aimed to entertain you and convey events real or imagined through images, improvisation and embellishment.