Caroline Kennedy is a multidisciplinary Australian artist residing in Melbourne. She has exhibited both in Australia and Europe and has been the recipient of a number of awards, grants and residencies including a residency in Kerala, India, the Cité Internationale Des Arts in Paris and most recently in 2020, Kennedy completed an Artist In Residence at AIR Vallauris in the region of Côte D’Azur France.
Inspired by her extensive travels, Kennedy uses her photography as a source for her practice. Kennedy is drawn to all things foreign and relishes the challenges, which come with experiencing new cultures, landscapes, languages, people and art forms. She researches the places and events that surround her, the everyday situations - both the ordinary and the extraordinary.
Kennedy also has a strong interest in the effects of reflected and refracted light and how shadows may be cast according to the nature of their source. Exploring how light bounces off the wall, Kennedy's installations are often read entirely through the shadows cast on the wall.
In 2019, Kennedy held 2 solo exhibitions. In February, she held an exhibition titled “Blue Note” at Tacit Galleries in Collingwood Melbourne, an exhibition of oil paintings; her observations from the past couple of years painted monochromatically in the colour blue. And in September, Kennedy held an exhibition of new paintings titled Wandering at Gecko Gallery in Fish Creek which embraced the lush South Gippsland landscapes.
In 2020 Kennedy created a series of small oil sketches on hardwood panels, exploring the local area of Vallauris in France. Using photography and sketches, she also developed these sketches into a series of monochromatic blue snapshots on to ceramic tiles. Creating observational storyboards, Kennedy captured fragments of local colour and some of the many characters of Vallauris in order to give permanence to a memory: a souvenir.
As part of the Artist In Residence at AIR Vallauris, Kennedy was involved in a group exhibition in the heart of the old city in the 16th century Chapelle de la Miséricorde. Unfortunately due to the pandemic the exhibition was cut short.
Kennedy was recently a finalist in The 2020 Percivals Portrait Prize which was on show at the Townsville City Gallery in Queensland.
Kennedy was selected to be in the 2020 S.H. Ervin Salon des Refusés, the alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize selection in Sydney. Kennedy was a finalist in the 2020 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) in Grafton NSW, which is currently touring around NSW and Queensland through to 2022.
Kennedy will be exhibiting the Vallauris works at Red Gallery in Fitzroy North in a new show titled Journal in late September through to October 16 2022.
Kennedy also works as a Production Designer in Film and TV under the name Carrie Kennedy.
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