A few months ago, I was introduced to Carol Roullard, an artist who specializes in micro-crystal photography. I saw some of her work online and couldn’t wait when she said she’d show me her process if I came to visit her studio. I’m so glad I did.
It’s been such an incredible joy to get to know Carol. I’m so excited to be officially working with her as of this past month. Since I’ve started working more closely with artists professionally, I’ve enjoyed learning about their different processes and mediums. Hers was unlike anything I’d ever come across before. With Carol, art meets science and the result is stunning.
A Unique Medium
After a delicious lunch, she took me to her studio/laboratory. She carefully cleaned a glass slide just like the ones from high school biology class. Onto the slide, she sprinkled a white powder that came from one of the many bottles on the counter. She carefully picked through them because she wanted to find exactly the right combination for today. I laughed that they all looked alike. She assured me that was not the case.
Once the slide was ready, she lit the burner and began to melt the powders by gently waving the slide over the top of the flame. She explained that it couldn’t get too hot – there was a sweet spot – it had to get hot enough to turn the powder to liquid, then form back into crystals as it cooled. If it gets too hot, it caramelizes or the chemical can decompose, meaning no crystals will form at all.
A Hard Eye to Please
Then she put the slide into a microscope hooked up to a digital camera. I was amazed. As she turned the knob, I looked through the camera’s display screen and felt like I was taking a walk on the surface of another planet. Everything I saw was fascinating to me, but she didn’t agree. Carol worked the microscope’s filters and lighting and adjusted the camera’s settings. She was looking for precisely the right shot. It had to catch her artistic eye and imagination, and that didn’t happen easily.
We didn’t find any art on our slide that day, but I had the opportunity to see her work up close. Most of the pieces are printed onto the finest aluminum substrate to catch the light behind the shimmering crystals. It’s one thing to see them digitally or as a print, but printed on aluminum, you almost feel as if you’re looking through the microscope yourself.
Keeping Up with Carol
Carol’s work really seems to be gaining traction. In the past few months, she closed a show at the where she was recently Art Fusion Galleries Artist of the Week in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. She’s staying busy as she’s just been accepted into three more exhibitions where in one her artwork, Shoreline, was used as the exhibit’s exhibition postcard and website and another one her Opposing Fields piece received Special Recognition:
- Landscapes, Seascapes & Urbanscapes exhibit, October, 2014 at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California.
- Linus Galleries’ Mixed Media Mashup Science category. Her work will be shown as part of an online gallery, pending a decision regarding a future art show.
- Light Space and Time Online Gallery Abstracts Art Exhibition Special Merit Category for October 2014
I’m so honored that she chose to work with me. I can’t wait to see what the future brings. And on that note, please take a moment to enjoy a tour through some of her work in her gallery and check out her website, CarolRoullardArt.com.