Voices of the Delta: Carlyle Wolfe

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 59, Exhibitions, Image, Museum, Quote, Video, Voices of the Delta

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Carlyle Wolfe, born in Gainesville, Florida, lives in Oxford, Mississippi, Fall, 2016, stainless steel cutouts suspended with synthetic line, 144 x 198 x 8 inches, Delta Award

Carlyle Wolfe, born in Gainesville, Florida, lives in Oxford, Mississippi, Magnolias, 2016, stainless steel cutouts suspended with synthetic line, 144 x 198 x 8 inches


My paintings and works on paper are about awareness of the natural world—becoming progressively, cyclically more present to its rhythms, gaining deeper understanding of its design, and acquiring direct experiential knowledge of its mysterious beauty.

For the last 15 years, I have been making contour line drawings of plants. From the drawings, I isolate silhouette shapes that I cut out of paper and use as stencils to make oil paintings and works on paper – or cut out of metal to make sculptures. My work is cumulative in nature – gradually marking time and seasonal change, unity and variety, individual and collective beauty.

I see my work, my inquiries fitting into a lineage of naturalist artists, poets, explorers, and thinkers.

— Carlyle Wolfe


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