The Studio neighborhood is historically known as Snake Nation: A name of unknown derivation was used by the public press during the late-1840s and early 1850s to identify "a settlement along Peters Street from the railroad crossing South Fair Street (that was) devoted almost entirely to the criminal and immoral element." As Franklin Garrett confirms in Atlanta and Environs. "Snake Nation was the tenderloin district of the young town for many years." He also commented that law and order were perilously close to extension by 1851. The Atlanta City Council was in deep distress about the faro dens, cockfighting, drinking, prostitution, thievery, and murderous environments. When the 'Orderly' party won the election for mayor a large body of disguised Atlantans raided Snake Nation, and tried to burned it down. The building-Stable 1897, which houses the studio, escaped the fire.
Carolyn Carr (b. 1966) received her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art. Since, she has been actively engaged as a painter, photographer, sculptor, filmmaker, and installation artist.
The body of the work evolved out of interest in cultural lineage and identity. Employing the paradigm of interiors; Carr creates a kitchen, a vestibule, a hallway, or a photographer's studio, illustrating how identity is a process influenced by history- enacted in domestic life. She uses the following practices creating objects to install in the rooms/stage sets— and as stand-alone works: paintings on paper, and linen, photographs (using analog and new technologies), short films, sculptures using clay (hand built and on the wheel), drawings, and artist books.
Over the past twenty years, Carr’s work has been included in group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe. These venues include the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; BIG POND Artworks, Munich, Germany; Artists Space, New York, NY; 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA. Carr’s work has been critically received and reviewed by numerous publications.
In addition to her studio practice, Carr sits on the boards of the Forward Arts Foundation, the Fulton County Arts Council, and the Cherokee Garden Library, advocating for artists and arts organizations.
Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta represents Carr's image-based work. Forthcoming exhibitions; Marisa Newman Projects, New York, and the City of Atlanta Gallery 72. Carr lives and works in Atlanta, GA.,