Carole Kunstadt

Carole sitting at a table working with small strips of paper. she has short curly hair and glasses
Sacred Poem XXIII, gold leaf, gampi tissue, thread, paper - pages Parish Psalmody dated 1844, 6 x 7.75 x 1.75in., 2017
1. PRESSING ON, circular installation - antique sad irons, scorched lace and paper: pages from 1791 by Hannah More (abolitionist/feminist), 20 x 20 x 8 in. 2018
OVUM II, ostrich egg, twigs, paper: pages by Margaret Fuller dated 1855, 5.75 x 10.5 x 8.5in, 2016.


Kunstadt’s works often invoke a metaphysical quality. Her works reference antique books, bookplates, music manuscripts and artifacts – deconstructing paper and text and using it in metaphorical ways. Through the exploration of the materials, history, memory and time merge in a hybrid form.

Born in Boston (1951), with a childhood in a small New England town, Kunstadt received a BFA, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT. and continued with postgraduate studies at the Akademie der Bildenen Künste, Munich, Germany. Nine years ago she re-entered a familiar landscape as in her youth, moving to the Hudson Valley, having lived for 35 years in NYC. The PBS/OFF BOOK Book Arts mini-documentary features Kunstadt in the segment, Transforming the Sacred.

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