CAROL BRADBURY HAS A VISION TO BUILD AWARENESS OF A COMMUNITY'S DIVERSITY while helping to shape its creative identity. Her approach to community engagement stems from a deep desire to transfer her artistic vision beyond the canvas to the living, breathing composition of diverse communities. Her creative practice focuses on neighborhoods and communities, engaging unique and disenfranchised voices to uncover a collective response that's rooted in authenticity.
Her unique approach is the result of studying and working in Denmark, Switzerland and across the United States. She has degrees in DESIGN from the Kansas City Art Institute, in PAINTING from the University of Kansas and, notably, Bradbury embarked on a five-year Jungian psychoanalysis in Zurich as part of her studies. She turned away from traditional studio art towards a community-based practice after listening to a lecture by psychoanalyst, Anne Ulinov. Ulinov's experience of how the group constellates the Self inspired the artist to explore the effect of intersubjective fields, group synchronization and alternative forms of portraiture.
"My work is located at the intersection of the individual and collective voice, using color and form in a process that moves the work from chaos to discovery."
Key to Bradbury's success is her commitment to engage diverse voices on community projects.
In 2011, due to her involvement in creating an arts district in a struggling part of Topeka, Kansas, she was confronted with the problem of how to raise community pride and ownership. Her immediate response was to engage the community in a call to action. She's created a model that turns the traditional mural-making process up-side-down and catapults public art into the hands of the people in a surprising way.
Today, Bradbury invites communities of all types to take part in reclaiming their identity by reshaping their environment. “I believe the color, light and energy that come out of this process can help shape a community’s collective sense of “Self” and impact its future in positive ways.”