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Cicely Carew


At its core, my practice is about radical joy and liberation. I am invested in a new paradigm of freedom and expanded consciousness. Each piece contains a record of the process, informing the next as a roadmap to bridging the heart and mind. Stories contain emergent themes of our human experience on a micro and macro level engaged with the language of abstraction. Materiality and experimentation emphasize the parallels of rigorous play and invention. A victorious color field suffused with linguistic mark-making, biomorphic shapes, torn edges, sinuous gestures, and embellishments celebrates the energy of risk-taking. Layers of paint and other materials consider the tensions of space, perception, and belonging. My practice asks for a willingness to believe in the cosmic makeup of our DNA and to locate ourselves in the constellation of infinite possibilities.


Boston-based, L.A.-raised artist Cicely Carew spent her formative years in Los Angeles, CA. She recently completed her MFA from Lesley Art + Design in Cambridge, MA. Directly after graduation, she had a solo exhibition at Simmons University, Trustman Gallery, in 2020. She actively exhibits her work in galleries and was recently featured in the Newport Art Museum’s 2020-21 exhibition “Call & Response. Cicely was the featured interview and artwork for the Boston Art Review 's No. 6 issue (2020). She also creates public art installations around the Boston area, including a major 5,000 sq ft. public art project in the Prudential Center curated by Now + There (2021) and another commission for Peloton in New York City (2021). Carew has been a Visiting Artists Lecturer for the Massachusetts College of Art + Design Art Education Dept., Lesley Art + Design, BFA and MFA cohorts, Tufts SMFA BFA studios, the Cahoon Museum, Newport Art Museum, and the Harvard Art Museum this December 2021. Carew was recently awarded the 2021 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist award for painting. Carew is an educator and the new Artist in Residence for the 2021-22 academic year at Shady Hill School. She will be exhibiting new work for a partner exhibition at the LaiSun Keane Gallery in Spring 2022 and for her solo exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum in fall 2022. Carew currently resides in Cambridge, MA, with her son.


Cicely Carew
Cicely Carew
Cicely Carew


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