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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Carolina Silva

Carolina Silva started drawing and painting collections in high school. She received her undergraduate degree in Industrial Design, with a minor in Fine Arts, from Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI). Additionally, she studied fashion design and fine arts abroad at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Edinburgh College of Art (Scotland).  As a native New Yorker, Carolina naturally began her career in the fashion district of NYC. After graduation, Carolina started as a technical designer and has navigated through all positions involving product development through sales. She has18 years’ experience as a product developer and designer in the men’s & women’s premium market. Carolina is currently a second-year graduate student in the Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles (AMDT) program at Washington State University. She enjoys the Palouse’s breathtaking landscapes, painting, and family time with her husband and two sons.

Artist Inspirations

What most inspires her art collections are social, political, and cultural historical events of both past and present. Carolina introduces new mediums with every art series she begins.

Artist Intent

“Technophobia” attempts to spotlight automation and the rise of skill-bias across undocumented immigrants and lower-skilled workers. It refers to the fear of advanced technology, which is contingent to one’s state of mind. The two canvases are painted in monochromatic hues with enhanced color detailing the humanity. The phrase “it’s all in your head”, was often echoed to deflect reality of segregation in the labor force. “Dreaming was my crime” refers to undocumented immigrants arriving in the U.S looking for jobs that they will not be able to find. Both phrases are painted using crackle medium which is intended to age and dimmish the content of the phrases.