Originally from California, Case, earned her BFA from the California State University in Long Beach, CA. She later earned her MFA attending Maryland Institute College of Art’s Mount Royal School of Art in Baltimore, MD, where she currently lives and works. She has shown in solo exhibitions at Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York, NY; MICA, Baltimore, MD; McLean Project for the Arts in Washington D.C.; and Art Registry in Washington D.C. She participated in group exhibitions at the Baltimore - Washington International Airport, Baltimore, MD; Walter Art Museum, Baltimore, MD; Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington, DE; Joyce Goldstein Gallery in Chatham, NY; Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA; and John Fonda Gallery in Baltimore, MD.
Baltimore artist, Caroline Case, combines abstraction with references to her world travels. Immersing herself in a location and letting the specifics guide her, she creates oil paintings that become abstracted landscapes that transcend origin. Her work is an amalgamation of various aesthetics that are drawn from textiles, symbols, artifacts, and landscapes she has encountered. These motifs have a life of their own, with their own histories and stories.
Case’s multi-layered paintings symbolize the complexity of culture and the constant demolition and rebuilding of cultural elements throughout history. Her process involves adding and subtracting layers of paint through sanding and scraping. The destruction of architecture, artifacts, and sometimes the dilapidated state of past cultures are depicted in Case’s paintings alongside still standing relics and cultural markers. Her works transcend a specific time and place and become an imagined landscape of design, patterns, and abstraction.