Selected Recent Reviews
January 26, 2005
"Seeing Red at "the Red Show"
—by Carol Knowles
….A small red paper square collaged onto the surface
of Carol Buchman’s mixed media canvas "Eternal
Flame, Blessing for creativity" contains one of the most
inventive drawings in the show. In what looks like mythic
metaphor for the creative process, the right leg belonging
to an upside-down figure pushes through a cloud. The left
foot appears to grasp and shape the cloud, while the head,
which has separated from the body, gazes at the scene. By
adding a golden flame and Hebrew letters to the figure that
sculpts the sky, Buchman transforms a deep-red canvas into
a spiritual/mystical/mythical realm where all things are possible.
August 26-Sept 1 2004
The Memphis Flyer
"Deep Space, Three Explorers at Perry Nicole"
—By Carol Knowles
(Cigar Box (Respiro) Series
…"Buchman plays the roles of both shaman and artist in her "Respiro
Box" series of 20 oil and gouache scenes on cigar boxes. Buchman draws viewers
into the unfiltered feelings and multiperspectival visions she experiences in
dreams and reverie. The unmodulated blues, reds, and yellows she streaks across
the sky with childlike abandon in "Mermaid" read as a fleeting succession
of dream images.
In "Incantations" a girl in a diaphanous gown stands
in a thunderstorm between two rearing stallions. The artist’s
glazes capture moonlight shining onto bare skin through transparent
material as she depicts the intense psychic and sexual energy
accessible to our naked, guileless dreaming selves.
Two cats are out roaming for the night in "Moonlight Dance".
They two step around each other in a synchronous but never touching
dance that could be a mating ritual, martial arts exercise, or
territorial face off. The artist depicts the movement of the cats
and moonlight so persuasively you feel the prowling energy of
these night adventurers.
A totally relaxed black cat hangs across
a woman’s right shoulder in Sunrise Swim and another cat
swims straight out to sea. A tiny black, white –tummied
feline leads five horses out of the water in "Praia Jabaquara"…