Associate Professor and
Foundations Program Coordinator
School of Art
College of Visual and Performing Arts
What are your research objectives and interests
My artwork is a combination of paper doll, history lesson and weather forecast. I use the blistering West Texas sun to blueprint historic handwriting and vintage graphics onto paper, fabric and wood panels. Early American civil rights history is an overarching inspiration in my work. This theme is underscored by the use of primary documents as source imagery. These documents have come from a variety of archives including the Women's Rights National Historical Park, American Antiquarian Society, Library of Congress and Eleanor Roosevelt Paper Project. My artworks have been integrated into a national park service venue, architecture projects, dance choreography and devised theatre.
How do you feel your research impacts the globe?
I depend on the sun to make my artwork. It offers a global context to the historic primary documents I expose in my work. My work highlights the connection between human and environment and opens dialogue regarding historical and environmental influences on the earth. In my artwork, I show the sun as both a physical and figurative marker of passage of time.
What types of service projects have you been involved with?
I conduct workshops titled Solar Powered Painting for student groups regionally and nationally. These workshops focus on how to collaborate with the sun while creating artwork. Often the compositions are worked out on large sheets of fabric coated with light sensitive chemicals, and students use their own bodies and objects from their backpacks to create a narrative.
I mentor graduate students that teach freshman studio art classes by helping them apply to and attend FATE (Foundations in Art Theory and Education) conferences and TASA (Texas Association Schools of Art) conferences. Their presentations are geared toward curriculum and outreach within the Foundations classroom. In 2015, I worked with the College of Visual and Performing Arts to host a TASA conference here at Texas Tech. We were able to welcome our SOA alumni back to Texas Tech to present as professionals. We were also able to engage our current students to help run a very successful, dynamic conference.
What are you currently working on?
I am continuing to develop imagery for an artist book titled "Solar Powered Paper Dolls." It uses Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 19th century feminist revisionary writings as a catalyst for composition.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Some of my most useful moments have come from documentary or news stories. For example, when I learned about Elizabeth Cady Stanton's speech "Solitude of Self" in which she argues for the right of each individual, it generated years of study of feminist history and how, as an artist, I can integrate it into artwork. I was struck by Stanton's process of writing because it seems so studio inspired. For example, in her writings, she cuts and pastes passages together as if she was retrofitting dominate cultural ideas to fit her own figure and style. Another example is when the war on terror started in 2001. I remember a news story about geography and how Americans score notoriously low on geography tests, yet as a country, American culture impacts the globe on a profound level. I hung a world map on the wall and started identifying all the countries named on my family's clothing as I folded it - "Made in China, Made in Pakistan, Made in Bolivia" - I would imagine that I was traveling the globe at the speed of a spin cycle. This still informs my work today.
What advice do you have for new faculty members about
balancing the components of Integrated Scholarship—
teaching, research, and service—in their careers?
Partnering with your local art community while developing your global reputation will keep you moving forward with your creative research. If you are an artist who chooses to call Lubbock your home, you have a place where the flat, dusty landscape, university atmosphere and community gatherings are thirsty for experimentations in music, theatre, dance and art.
More about Carol Flueckiger
Carol Flueckiger received her a BFA In Painting & Drawing from Art from University of Minnesota and an MFA in Painting from University of New Mexico. She has developed a mixed media painting technique that uses the blistering west Texas sun to expose blueprints of historic handwriting and vintage graphics onto painted wood surfaces, paper and fabric. She has secured grant funding to study documents from the Women's Rights National Historical Park, American Antiquarian Society, Library of Congress and Eleanor Roosevelt Paper Project. Currently, her work is registered with the Drawing Center in New York and is represented by Charles Adams Gallery in Lubbock, TX. She is an associate professor of art at Texas Tech University and lives in Lubbock with her husband and son.