Carol Bruns (b. Des Moines, Iowa 1943) is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York, working in sculpture and drawing. She graduated NYU 1966 in Fine Arts, then attended the Art Students League, NYC and l'Academie de La Grande Chaumiere, Paris. She first exhibited in 1975 at OK Harris Gallery showing wall works made from found supports cloaked with cloth and thin, colored plaster. In 1980 she was guest artist at the Caraccio Etching Studio, Orion Editions published her prints, and in 2002 she received a printmaking fellowship at the Women's Studio Workshop. From 2000-2006 she was in four two-person exhibitions at the Tew Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia. Group exhibitions continued throughout this time as well as community organizing (Dumbo Open Studios), curating (Persona, A New Look at Portraits 1997; Festival of Political Pleasure 2017), publishing artist's books (Pages, with Robert Jacks), and stage décor (Bellerophon Dance Company). In 2013 she was interviewed by Gorky's Granddaughter, and in 2019 received a Tree of Life grant. Her most recent exhibitions were at The Parlour Bushwick in 2015, Sculpture Space in Long Island City, SRO Gallery in Brooklyn in 2017-18, and Zurcher Gallery 2022. Ms. Bruns also writes art essays and reviews exhibitions, two most recently published in d'Art International and artcritical.com.


The intense characters of my sculptures reference Surrealism, Expressionism, and Indigenous Art. They are montaged and modeled from found materials—paper, plaster, bamboo, molded styrofoam packing forms, and add cement, steel and a paper laminate brushed with thin plaster---a signature technique that evokes the organic world. The art work directs an audience’s attention to values such as spontaneity and surprise. By working from the unconscious, dreams, and trance— they shine a spotlight on the elusive, poetic, symbolic, and meaningful in human experience. 

My wall-mounted masks, free-standing figures, and heads often condense personal experiences into archetypes such as Shadow, Guardian, Clown, Ancestor, Skull, Cyberman, and Fighter. Others take the shape of totems such as that of the Horse, Crow, and Fox, emblems that honor the natural world and indigenous cultures. Still others focus on emotion, and social/political conditions such as Dispossessed, For the People, Boxed In, Slammed, and Silenced.