The most immense prayer is thank you, and at times, my work evolves from a prayer, or from gratitude, and those are the pieces that move me.

CAROLINE CARPIO

Carpio studied at the esteemed Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, and the University of New Mexico and shares parts of her cultural lifeblood through her art. 

She strives to preserve a story through thoughtful, detailed, intimate process-driven sculpture, and references the ancient shapes of her pueblo's pottery heritage.  

The clay sculptures are first hand-built from natural clay that Caroline gathers herself, and then stone polishes and fires.  Select pieces are then chosen to then be cast in molds for bronze editions with intricate patina applications, and hand painting, incorporating traditional symbolic elements of life and connection to the environment.

Carpio not only finds inspiration in the tradition of her people, but also in the beauty of her surroundings and Mother Earth.  Her artwork reverences her ancestry, is serenely moving, and exquisitely crafted. Her spiritual connection with what motivates her is brought forth and resonates deep.

Carpio was named 2012 Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA) Artist of the Year. Caroline is from Isleta Pueblo, NM. Her Tiwa name is Thud’bese, meaning sun tablita.

Living in a dry environment, and as a reflection of what is important to my culture, most of my art work incorporates water depictions such as rain and cloud designs, cattails, and dragonflies. The style is simple, at times just a simple strand of turquoise that is inlaid into the pottery.