Adams has been
active in the literary and visual art communities in Austin, Texas and her native Houston since 1988.
Her poetry, fiction, art, and photography have been published or will soon appear in Conspire, Pedestal Magazine,
Pierian Springs, Small Spiral Notebook, Taj Mahal Review, Avatar Review, The Lucid Stone, RiverSedge, Poetry Midwest,
Branches Quarterly, Sulphur River Literary Review, and Alsop Review, among others. Her collage art has been exhibited
in local galleries and her poetry has won awards in national contests sponsored by The New Press Literary Quarterly,
and Zuzu's Petals Quarterly. She currently co-edits and co-publishes Curbside Review.
My first love has always been poetry, and I think that manifests itself in the images I create. I've never been able to draw or paint well.
So to satisfy my urge to create visual art, I began assembling paper collages about 15 years ago. Last year, I discovered photography as
another artistic outlet, and, at the same time, I realized I could digitally alter both my collages and photographs, using photo-imaging
software. I try to craft illustrations that impart a sense of harmony, or that are infused with a certain visual tension. But my
favorites are the ones that speak in symbolic "code" which my audience can translate as they wish, thus connecting with the images
in their own deeply personal ways.
Copyright © 2003 Carolyn Adams
Death of a Rose
The Art of War