Carol swain is a visual Artist based in Castlemaine, Central Victoria.(previously living in Melbourne). Swain completed a Master of Contemporary Art 2012 at Victorian College of Arts. She also completed a post Graduate Diploma of Visual Art VCA 2011. Swain has shown her works in both Solo and Group exhibitions in numberous artists run spaces in Melbourne. As well as Castlmaine. She works predominately in the medium of Oil Painting but also has a background in printmaking
Swain received the Langridge Oil Painting Award in 2011 at the Post Graduate end of year show Victorian College of the Arts; one of her prints 'The Jazz Player', - Wood Block print, was selected as part of 'An Anthology of Printmaking and Poetry, Melbourne 2000 whilst studying at Tafe CAE visual Diploma of Art.
Swain completed a 3 week Artist Residency - March 2016 - Cowarr Art Space - Gippsland. During this time Swain deepened her knowledge of Abstraction through reading and discussion as well as exploring the surrounding natural environment through abstraction, colour, shape and space. Working in pastel, gouache and acrylic.
Swain attended a 4 week Artist Residency - August 2018 - Studio Kura, Itoshima, Japan. During this time Swain engaged with the rural landscape staying in a small village community living in a Japanese style home with 4 other artists. In total there were 10 artists staying in various houses each presenting an exhibition at the end of their stay over one weekend. Swain worked on Indian Rag paper in pencil/coloured pencil drawing from rock forms as metaphors for the Japanese Comunity in which Swain stayed. These forms expressed the solidarity of the community as well as the life changes in the commmunity where mainly elderly people lived.
Swain would like to further develop work from her experience in Itoshima - Japan in the future.