Described as a painter’s painter, artist Caroline Rust creates intriguing surface assemblages with textiles enriched through the use of expressionistic color. In a synthesis of emotion and intellect, her works of art use garments as a foundation, in metaphor to contemplate the human condition, reflect qualities of the feminine, and explore identity. As Rust is inspired by historic research, personal experiences, and travel, emerging is a visual dialogue which evokes human presence, landscape, and the past. Viewers discover layers of nuanced meaning and observe the complexity of surface both literally and figuratively in work that is both personal and universal.
Rust's artworks are featured in national exhibitions and procured by international and national collectors. To her credit, she has achieved numerous significant awards for her work, has a personal commitment to the arts community, and has accomplishments as a teacher of
art and design at the college level.