Artist On Artist: Carol Ivey

by Christopher Blay April 17, 2021
Carol Ivey-Star Constellation

Carol Ivey “Star Constellation”
4 watercolors, each piece 5.5 x 7.5 inches.

Artist On Artist is Glasstire’s video and audio podcast series in which Glasstire’s News Editor Christopher Blay, also an artist, hosts Texas-based artists and art professionals in one-on-one conversations.

Christopher Blay and guest Carol Ivey talk about the role the artist’s studio plays in her work, her early years as a painter in Austin with Women & Their Work, Farrah Fawcett, and how she made the leap from abstraction to still-life painting.

“I moved to Seattle! And the thing about Seattle is that it is the emerald city, in an evergreen state. And so you can’t be there and not focus on plant life.”

Carol Ivey in her art studio 1977

Carol Ivey in her art studio 1977. Photo Credit: Alan Pogue

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Susan Whyne April 18, 2021 - 16:12

So wonderful to hear your melodious voice and getting to know more details of “ the early years “ ! And three cheers for reviving the role you all played in shaping the birth of Women and their Work ! Yay !

georgia j clarke April 18, 2021 - 20:21

Oh Carol – it is great to hear your story here. I knew some of the bits and pieces of your life, but you have filled in the gaps and put them together for me in this. Kudos for your constant support of all artists and for continuing to be a “strong foundation” for women artists, their talents and careers. Thank you. Georgia James Clarke

Anne Allen April 20, 2021 - 12:44

Carol, this is a wonderful interview. I thank you Christopher Blay for helping me fill in all of the great things Carol was doing when I first met her. Carol, I was an undergrad in the Art Department at UT Austin when you were busy moving and shaking up the art scene there. I did not realize then all the wonderful things you were making happen. So glad to have your leadership then and now–I would not have my studio at Lancaster Lofts today if it were not for you. Kudos to you and your wonderful artwork too.

Gwen H Meharg April 21, 2021 - 15:12

I remember armadillo world headquarters. I drove a carload of peeps there in 1979 and one jerk started smoking pot in my parent’s car. I pulled over halfway between San Marcos and the AWHQ and made him get out. The rest of the passengers BEGGED me to not leave him on the side of the road. I acquiesced, but he did not light up again. I was too young to drink and I was driving so I drank grapefruit juice all night. They were impressed with my ability to “hold my liquor!” I had forgotten all about that. Thanks for the memories!


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