Caroline Caldwell | Eternal Paradise | Medium Salvaged Bottle

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Acrylic paint on antique bottles, salvaged from Dead Horse Bay.

About these bottles:

These bottles are antiques, some dating back as far as the early 1900s. They have been slowly washing on shore at a small beach in Brooklyn, called Dead Horse Bay. The bay was a 19th century landfill full of glass, which has been slowly washing upon shore over the last hundred years. 

Dead Horse Bay got its name in the 1850s, as it was initially a horse-rendering plant where the carcasses of dead horses and other animals from the New York City Streets were used to manufacture glue, fertilizer and other products. The bones were dumped in the water and would wash up on the marshes.

Today, thousands of antique bottles litter the shore - broken and intact, and many over 100 years old. Caroline was inspired to collect some of these bottles and give them new life.

Caroline Caldwell is an artist and writer based in New York City. Gun for hire.

Caroline's artwork ranges from layered and subtle, to very blunt meditations on home, self-worth, the absurd, and rebellion. Sometimes she'll spend weeks on one drawing, working through ideas that are decades deep. Her series of structurally unstable homes are how she processes the trauma of growing up in an unstable and sometimes dangerous household. Other times, the best thing she produces in a month is a quick doodle in response to yesterday’s catcalls. In either case, her artworks are diary entries.

Much of Caroline's artistic upbringing and education has come through artist assistant roles she's held. She has helped some of her creative role models craft their works, ranging from small canvases, to massive museum installations. Through these opportunities, she got a professional education in both technical skills and how to operate as part of a team to make a creative vision come to fruition.