compartments

"For Carola Penn, urban life yields images that are like mental snapshots . . . rundown storefronts, bridge girders, parking lots, even manholes in the pavement. All unremarkable fragments within the city's kaleidoscopic movement, they form an ongoing, open-ended narrative . . . [Compartments] freezes these fragments in thickly layered, low-key colors and stark images -- visceral responses to emotional as well as architectural divisions, and to the gritty streets and their inhabitants."

— Lois Allan, Artweek, 12/95

This series incorporates myths, dreams and references to the work of other painters.

Gulf

Project for a New American Century

Night Street

Nine Women

Falling City

Departure

Perspectives

Shelter I

Untold Story

Question

Losing Paradise

Sunflowers

Shag Rug

Furnace

Night Light

Antwoman

Spotted Owl

Constructed Tree

Conversation with T.V.

Intersection

Configuration

Between Night and Morning