Deer Diary

Carrie Alter's avatar Carrie Alter

My paintings react to the absurd, playful and existential aspects of the human condition. I observe the unshakable loneliness and isolation of human existence and examine human instinct by focusing on the unique relationships my subjects share with the animal within. It is my belief that we choose to fight, ignore, give in to, or become one with, the animal within. I question how we relate to and form systems of belief, which ultimately fabricate our illusions of self. Studying human instinct, I describe existence as a process of taming our metaphysical bite. I paint my subjects in motionless compositions suggesting the ubiquity of our incarcerated emptiness and believe it is the eternal cages we are born within that set the boundaries of our condition and create the illusion of freedom. My paintings seek out details in the patterns and cycles of empirical and theoretical life experiences. The images are ominous reminders of our own vulnerability.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Width: Deer Diary: 3 paintings each 24
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: Deer Diary: 3 paintings 48