Carol Bruns

Carol Bruns was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1943 and graduated with a Fine Arts degree from NYU in 1966, going on to study painting and
drawing at the Art Students League in New York and Academie de La Grande Chaumiere in Paris. Bruns lived in Paris from 1967 to 1968, present and influenced by the moral and political events of May '68. Before that, she had marched in Selma, Alabama for the Civil Rights Movement and in the anti-Vietnam War movement. She lived in the East Village until 1971, and Soho from 1973 to 1994 when she moved to Dumbo in Brooklyn. Her outlook has been forged in the revolutionary energies of the 60s, active politics, and the freedom of experimental approaches to art-making in the 70s. Other components of her worldview are formed by a longstanding practice of yoga and work with dreams. These influences shaped her pursuit in art to consider fuller dimensions of the human subject. Around 2000 she began a series of steps leading to the invention of a new technique in hollow paper and gesso which continues to this day. 

Project Description

“Dreams and beasts are the two keys by which we are to find out the secrets of our own nature.”  Ralph Wado Emerson

My sculpture's process accesses deep layers of the unconscious in a collaboration between intention and the voice of the material and process.
The archetypal, primal figures that emerge assert a mythic presence, aesthetic values, and often point to political conditions.
For the project Figures From the Unconscious, I will rent a temporary studio and resume the flow of thought of the work. Incorporating the unconscious into art in Western culture sprung up in the twentieth century with cubism, surrealism, art brut, Cobra, and expressionism while all over the world indigenous cultures drew upon its creative source, understanding that it gave access to the meaning of dreams and a relationship to the dead, nature, and spirits. 

The soul, in contrast to the ego, is that which is inner and deep where thought, image, and feeling interweave. These larger and more integrated parts of psyche reveal invisibles such as spirits, demons, complexes, energies, syndromes, archetypes, moods, feelings and fantasies. The sculpture seeks to grasp these inner experiences with images and symbols true to their nature. The human potentials for shared deeper dimensions of the human personality include the possibility to heal and nourish our collective lives through art.