My work is about environmental issues imposed on the natural world by human activity. Often the consequences of our actions throw nature off balance or outright, destroy it. John Muir explains this by saying “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Issues such as the dying off of our pollinating honeybees and the decline of all pollinating animals, trees and landscapes disfigured by man’s encroachment, the gulf oil spill and the need to cut down on our consumptive habits are all explored in different bodies of work.
The painting for the Peekskill project is inspired by the spatial romanticism of the Hudson River School but unlike the utopia characteristic of the Hudson River School, this landscape turns ominous when you see the Indian point nuclear plant in the distance while hummingbirds pollinate the foreground. The dramatic scale and the oval shape, which is used to romanticize the view, are characteristics of the Hudson River School. The painting is done on layered transparent colored acrylic sheet.
Cara Enteles lives and works in NYC and upstate where she also maintains a large organic garden that informs her work. She is featured in the 2006 Mid-Atlantic edition of New American Paintings and is in the Public Collections of Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Royal Caribbean Cruise line, The Intercontinental Hotel, Tiffany and Company, and Hewitt as well as numerous private collections and commissioned pieces. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally. She has an upcoming solo show at Amy Simon Fine Art in Westport, CT.
Awards include inclusion in the Art in Embassies program at the American Embassy in the Mauritius 2007-2009, a Fellowship to the Julia & David White Artist's Colony, 2005, a studio at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts 2004-2008, and a grant from the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Fellowship for the Visual Arts, 2002. She has a BFA from Parsons School of Design and has also studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.