The roller coaster structures in my paintings serve as icons of our contemporary culture; reflecting the energy and complexity of our lives, as well as our desire to escape everyday reality.  Inspired by the legend of artist J.M.W. Turner witnessing a storm at sea tied to the mast of a ship, I shoot photographs and videos strapped into the front car of roller coasters.  These images become my source material, so that I can infuse the sensations I experienced on the rides into my paintings.  

Metaphors based on the roller coasters’ sudden turns, extreme drops, and the cyclical ride mimic our worldly existence.  Conversely, the light in my work provides glimpses of eternity – our connection with spirit.  To the casual viewer, my roller coaster series depicts mere amusements, yet my underlying intention is to reveal the sacred in the profane: the riders are experiencing heightened states of consciousness as they live in the present moment, face their fears, and defy death on the rides.

The roller coaster structures in my paintings serve as icons of our contemporary culture; reflecting the energy and complexity of our lives, as well as our desire to escape everyday reality.  Inspired by the legend of artist J.M.W. Turner witnessing a storm at sea tied to the mast of a ship, I shoot photographs and videos strapped into the front car of roller coasters.  These images become my source material, so that I can infuse the sensations I experienced on the rides into my paintings.  

Metaphors based on the roller coasters’ sudden turns, extreme drops, and the cyclical ride mimic our worldly existence.  Conversely, the light in my work provides glimpses of eternity – our connection with spirit.  To the casual viewer, my roller coaster series depicts mere amusements, yet my underlying intention is to reveal the sacred in the profane: the riders are experiencing heightened states of consciousness as they live in the present moment, face their fears, and defy death on the rides.

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Carla Falb
Roller Coasters
Night Life
Pacific Pier