For Carol Ladewig's "Year in Color" works, the artist seeks to render abstract concepts, like time and its measurement, into an abstract visual vocabulary. She began this body of work in 2011 with the practice of creating a small painting for each day using a complex color that has been made by mixing a simple set of primary acrylic and gouache pigments and white. Every small canvas panel differed in tone and composition, showcasing a color mixed uniquely for that day. This practice was an attempt to translate and capture each day’s unique experiences, activities, and moods. These individual works were then assembled into a large installation that chronicled the full year. With varying annual rules and limitations for each subsequent year’s incarnation, Ladewig has continued this exploration of the interplay between structure, intent, and chance to create a record of time – that is both a narrative and a record of time.
Carol Ladewig lives and works in Oakland, California. She received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. In 2001, Ladewig co-founded the Oakland Art Gallery, where she was the Program Director/Executive Director through 2007. Since 2009, she has been a board member of the Kala Art Institute. Ladewig has also been an instructor in the Art Department at Diablo Valley College since 2001.