Artist Profile: Caroline Muscat

FROM HEART TO CANVAS, FRENCH-BORN PAINTER CAROLINE MUSCAT SEEKS TO UNRAVEL THE BEAUTY IN ALL THAT SURROUNDS HER. STELLA MARTINO WRITES.

Painter Caroline Muscat has carried her passion for art across the seas. She took the initial training she received in Paris, France, to Perth where she now paints symbols of Australian flora and fauna.

Growing up by the Loire River, Caroline could not imagine herself ever living far from the water. Now by the banks of Perth’s Swan River, she is inspired by hues of blue, lilac, burnt orange and rich greens. She blends glimpses of Australia’s precious wildlife within her landscapes, depicting the peaceful presence of life she sees daily.

When making work, Caroline focuses on details of the landscape, distorting them either by colour or shape until the original figurative subject becomes almost unrecognisable.

After a Wardandi elder introduced her to his way of listening to the trees, Caroline began to change how she saw nature. Today, she finds beauty in the sounds, smells and textures of the land. “It’s just a question of finding that charming detail, focusing on it and blurring the area around it,” she says.

From photos taken on her phone to large scale canvases, Caroline experiments freely with framing, colours or new techniques, interpreting images in a different way.

For Caroline, sound and music transport her into another world, allowing her to translate feelings of joy, energy and freedom onto the canvas. “If someone can see my art, feel this and relate to it without any explanations, my goal is achieved.”

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