About Cara Cole

Artist Biography

Cara Cole’s artwork has been included in more than seventy exhibitions internationally, including Young Photographers, curated by Lalla Essaydi at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; Visual to Political at the NYU Photo Center in NYC; Cross Currents at Gallery 44 Center for Contemporary Photography in Toronto and AIR Sidi Ali, in Sefrou, Morocco. She received her MFA at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and her BFA at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Cara has won numerous grants and awards for her work including NEA Grants, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Cara has lived and travelled in South East Asia and Indonesia. Her resulting desire to understand cross cultural differences has had crucial impact upon her work.

Currently, Cara is living in Sefrou, Morocco and is working on her first novel. This dreamlike novel explores themes of death, fear, religion, god, salvation, filling up, emptying out, foreignism, and the endless search: “Once I set my heart on a thing, I bite down, and the world narrows to that bright point. The dying animal pounds and thrashes and moans as life and death mingle in the body. This mingling is visible and insubstantial as a rainbow, as smoke. The animal collapses, shivers and stills. Live flesh, responsive, intelligent flesh has become dead meat. Inert matter. Watching this rips me apart and puts back together in a new shape. I wipe my face and look at my stained hands. He’s dressed me in blood.” Excerpt from Chapter 1, Kathmandu: Revelation and Disaster.