Caroline Villard
Class of 2017
Stockholm, Sweden New York, NY
I was born in Stockholm, and wanted to be Walt Disney when I grew up. I attended Beckman’s College of Art and Design and have since worked in northern Italy, Hong Kong, London and New York.
My work, which has been sold at Colette, in Paris and Stockholm’s National Museum among others, sits between art and design. It includes a bed, based on a dream about falling asleep in a lump of dough; an umbrella based on a hunting rifle; a line of kitchen products developed for small apartments; and jewelry, including a necklace which replaces pearls with tiny porcelain teeth.
<div>I began my career as a product designer, in Sweden, but quickly found that the things I enjoyed the most about creating objects was the incentive behind them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since childhood I have been inspired by trapdoors and hidden doors. They have an obvious physical function, open and close, but hidden they reach beyond their physical form representing something more, magical or unknown. I am intrigued by those short-circuit moments where function and intent collide. A sort of uncomfortable harmony of joy and fear, invigorating and soothing at the same time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My recent projects focus on this within the veneer of civilization.</div>
Caroline Villard, class of 2017

The MFA Fine Arts program reflects the diversity of New York’s many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice. Our main goals are to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which students can thrive and develop as artists, to foster rigorous critical engagement with contemporary art and other cultural forms, and to produce an ongoing conversation, through work as much as through words, about what we make, how we make it and why.

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