Carol Es is a self-taught Los Angeles artist born in 1968. Her artistic nature was formed early, drawing cartoons beneath tables in bowling alleys. She attended school infrequently, instead working as a pattern cutter in the apparel industry with her family. Her work is fueled by childhood trauma, family dysfunction, memory, and Jewish heritage. Personal experiences are laid bare and forged directly into the work through an amalgamation of oil paint, paper garment patterns, sewing pins, pencil, thread, text and prose. A dark, yet childlike humor interweaves throughout her paintings, drawings, installations, and books making these narratives dearly accessible.
Carol’s works are featured in numerous private and public collections, including the Getty Museum, Brooklyn Museum, UCLA Special Collections, the Jaffe Collection, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has exhibited at the Riverside Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, and Zimmer Children's Museum. She is also a two-time recipient of the ARC Grant from the Durfee Foundation and was recently awarded the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Fellowship.