"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." John Muir
Cara Enteles lives and works in New York City and Abramsville, Pennsylvania. She has a BFA from Parsons School of Design and has also studied at the École des Beaux-Arts.
Cara Enteles’ work is largely inspired by environmental issues and the adverse side effects of man's actions and interactions with nature. Different bodies of work explore the various techniques animals and insects employ for survival. The ‘Pollinator’ series explores the plight of our pollinating bees, which have been dying off at alarming rates in recent years. As bees pollinate a huge amount of the foods we eat, the loss of this species would be devastating to humans. The seriousness of this issue is brought to life in this series of paintings which focuses on microcosms that are highlighted in their importance by the scale of the works, many as large as 120cm x 180cm, Hummingbirds and bats are alternative pollinators that also appear in Enteles’ recent work.
The paintings are created on aluminum panels, acrylic sheets or a layering of both. The choice of these surfaces is twofold. Aesthetically the content merges with the medium. Painting organic imagery onto a manmade, industrial surface highlights the contrast of these two worlds. In addition the surface creates a new dimension, expanding the language of the paint. The aluminum surface has a reflective sheen, which mimics the shifting phases of light in nature. The clear acrylic sheet is painted on both sides to create more depth and three-dimensionality whilst retaining a veiled transparency.