Cicely Carew

22×30 Akua ink on paper, 2016


Colors and shapes have infinite possibilities. I am drawn to materials, but it’s the unfolding of ideas that brings me excitement. I use my art to give life to snapshots of memories and emotions that resonate with my experience. I wish for my work to be an extension of myself and to establish a connection with others. I am a proponent of movement to move energy. It is essential to life, like breathing. I am fascinated with the components of creation: circles, energy, outer space, inner space, light and color. Materials, tools and sometimes unconventional techniques allow me to be engaged with the process of creating and explore what dwells within. I enjoy investigating the interaction of organic and inorganic shapes and objects. I invite into my process the unexpected as in life. My practice is about creating a place where we can find peace, get in touch with an inner playfulness that we so often lose touch of. A place where we can just, be.


Cicely Carew spent her formative years in Los Angeles surrounded by artists, writers, sculptors, photographers and teachers. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005 from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Cicely has explored a variety of media over the years. From oil paints and acrylics to Akua ink and collage, Cicely’s art has evolved over time and she has recently found a passion for monotype printmaking. For her, monotypes require the ability to plan, play and then let go. Cicely has invented techniques that utilize atypical methods and tools that enable her to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Her approach is less traditional with a greater focus on exploration and being in the ‘Now’. To stay present, Cicely will harness the power of yoga to reset and broaden her perspective. At her core, Cicely believes that play is quintessential to life and growth–a value that is central to her personal, professional and spiritual journeys.