During the last five years I have made work based on modernist fonts. Using the "modernist DNA" of typography fonts such as Bauhaus, Futura and Helvetica, I create visual improvisations. I use fragments of found typography to take apart and put back together language. I have explored this subject in a variety of materials, including traditional painting media (encaustic and, more recently, polymer resins) as well as materials that extend the medium of painting (adhesive vinyl, flocking and metallic films in collage and large installations). Often I choose materials with which I can create a tension between the flat graphic voice of type and the fluidity of paint and handwriting.
Carol Padberg's work has been exhibited in galleries, alternative spaces and museums in the U.S. and abroad. Her installation Helvetica Mash Up
was the subject of a solo show at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, in 2008. Woven Code: Barcode Textiles
was on view in 2010 at La Cova de les Cultures, Laboratori d'Art, in Barcelona, Spain. In April 2011, her work was the focus of NEW/NOW,
a solo exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Exhibition venues include Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; Kunstlerhaus, Hamburg, Germany; and Gallery Woong in Seoul, South Korea. Padberg has been awarded a Skowhegan Fellowship, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and numerous residencies. She has also been a visiting lecturer at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Carol Padberg is based in Hartford, CT.