CARRIE ANN BAADE
The Devil is in the Details
Carrie was born inside a house made from a riverboat that had caught fire and was brought ashore. Her earliest memories and fondest recollections are of living in a magical place called New Orleans. Her family moved to rural Colorado when she started school. It was here that she spent long hours practicing drawing and paintings with books of great art while dreaming of far off lands. As childhood wore off, she was soon fed up with living in that incomprehensibly boring place. Saving up her money, she traveled the world exploring art museums and pondering ancient civilizations. After much eye gorging on five continents, she discovered that she had no talent for foreign language and returned to America. The problem she faced was what to paint. After many years of experimentation and frustration, looking towards the old masters for direction, Carrie became enraged by a world that seemed to have all the great paintings already painted and nothing new for her to add. Out of this egregious dissatisfaction, she attacked her library of art books, mercilessly tearing off their spines, and releasing the pages from their bindings. Out of this sea of pictured paper she cut new characters for herself and stuck them on to other painting’s backgrounds. Pleased with her creations, she busied herself with repainting these collaged articles into new masterpieces that she found far more entertaining than the old paintings they came from. Due to acts of fate, she is currently Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Florida State University accompanied by her polydactyl cat. This turns out to be a perfect place for her to paint and plot to making the world more meaningful for everyone.