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Carolyn Hazel Drake


Carolyn Hazel Drake is a Portland-based sculptor and third-generation Oregonian. Her work integrates textiles, ceramics, and domestic objects assembled and layered through traditional craft techniques and collage. Her meticulous handwork, made of tiny, repetitive marks or stitches, creates a visual effect of intricacy or obsessiveness that is intended to evoke and provoke a flow or out-of-body meditative state. Drake references devotional objects, archetypal imagery, and folktales to create work that feels familiar yet cryptic. Drake studied Literature & Architecture at Portland State University’s Honors College and spent a term as a curatorial research & writing intern for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with a particular focus on sculpture. She has an M.Ed. in Arts Education and has been a longtime public educator in Oregon districts. Recently, she has been awarded the GLEAN residency, the Leland Ironworks Residency, and the Suttle Lodge Artist Residency. Drake is currently a member of Waterstone Gallery.