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Carol Larson

October 10, 2011

Carol Larson

In 1965 when textile artist Carol Larson was 17 years old, she was 78.5 inches long, and was surgically shortened 6 inches with the intention of giving her a “normal” life. Additionally she was forbidden by her parents from discussing it. By middle age she found her voice through a four-year art project which became known as the Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work.

Carol writes:

My intention for the series was not one of laying blame but of understanding, grieving and acceptance of the debilitation brought on by these surgeries. This series highlights the 40+ years since the three surgeries that broke my body, nearly crushed my spirit and forever changed my life. This is a story of courage, healing and acceptance.

Carol learned to sew at age nine and has since interwoven her love of fiber, color and texture into her life. Today she integrates vintage linens with complex cloth onto which she applies multiple layers of dye, paint, soy wax and screen-printing. She is never far from a lens capturing pattern and shape which become imagery sources. Layers of stitching complete each piece.

Her work is installed in several permanent corporate art collections in the San Francisco Bay Area; as well as many private collections and exhibited in museums & galleries worldwide. She also wears the hats of curator, teacher and juror. In 2010, Carol self-published the Tall-Girl Series: A Body of Work.  She belongs to many professional art organizations and is an artist member of the ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, California.

1. What is your hometown?

Lafayette, CA.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Olive Oyl

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Uma Thurman

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Gustav Klimt’s work “Adele Boch-Bauer I”. With just a few colors he created this rich tapestry of texture, pattern and depth.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

I have a short attention span so I am reading several books simultaneously on Kindle. “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future”, “The Help”, “The Blue Chair Jam Book”, “Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers”

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Leonard Cohen, “Live from London”

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

A lot of movies make me tear up but out and out cry…it’s been a long time! Who knows?

8. Cat person or dog person?


9. What is more important, truth or kindness?


10. How do you define sin?

Flourless dark chocolate ganache

11. How do you define virtue?

Taking the high road…

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

no actual headstone but I QUIT comes to mind if there were one. I wish to take up no more space than I did before conception.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Patricia Gould, Mary Frost, and Jonna Ramey


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