Born in Scotland and now based in Windsor, Ontario, artist Elaine Carr’s work examines geographic and topographic narratives of land and water as they interact with human lives. She builds up drawings and mixed media works, piecing together fragments from the present and the past, from historical and geographical data, collected photographs, cartography, and memory. Her focus is on the Northern Hemisphere, with specific interest in the Great Lakes Basin and the Arctic. “Many narratives coexist on the same sections of water and land, layering story and time in constant flux”, she notes. “My work attempts to capture moments in time of this ongoing story”.
Elaine Carr’s practice also encompasses community-based and collaborative projects in Canada, the United States, and the Dominican Republic. Her works are held in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She holds a Master of Arts (Interdisciplinary) degree, Holy Names College, Oakland California; a Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Windsor; a Bachelor of Arts (Honours History), University of Western Ontario; and a Bachelor of Education, University of Western Ontario. She is the recipient of several awards and grants, including the Governor’s Medal from the University of Windsor for highest academic standing in visual art.