about the artist
Caroline is Eagle Wolf, Tsimshian and Nisga'a, living, weaving, painting, and carving in Tuxedni Bay, Alaska.
Caroline is exploring traditional and modern art, style, and culture through time, and how these express concepts of the immortal or beyond the immortal, beyond the material, beyond time, beyond nihilism, beyond eternalism.
In 1994 Caroline took time off from pursuing degrees in Anthropology and Fine Art at Stanford University to travel to Ketchikan to learn to weave in the Ravenstail style. Since that time, Caroline has sought to unify the pre-contact mind with her art, painting portals bridging the divide between anthropology and art, incorporating dream symbolism and cave art in her work. Through exploring her own mind, and practicing traditional art forms, her art has evolved to express the subtle timeless language of spirit. Time and perspective have changed what is considered to be Tsimshian style, which is not so static as once believed, and is being perpetually redefined by contemporary artists like Caroline.
Caroline's teachers include Enrique Chagoya (painting, silk painting & mixed media), Kristina Branch (painting), Miriam Hitchcock (painting), Dorica Jackson (Chilkat weaving), Nathan Jackson (Tlingit bulge bentwood box), David Boxley (Tsimshian mask and feast bowl) Kathy Rousseau (Ravenstail weaving), Cheryl Samuel (Ravenstail robe), Irene Bienek (Tsimshian cedar bark weaving), Diane Douglas-Willard (Haida cedar bark hat), Della Cheney (Haida cedar bark hat), and Jack Walsh (painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramic art).
2010 Featured Artist, Contemporary Native Art Celebration, Alaska Native Heritage Center
2009 Apprenticeship, Ravenstail robe with Cheryl Samuel, author of The Raven’s Tail &
The Chilkat Dancing Blanket
2008 Project Award, Rasmuson Foundation, carving
Individual Artist Award, Alaska State Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts, weaving
2007 CAPS Award, Alaska Native Arts Foundation, weaving
2006 Award from the CIRI Foundation, carving, beadwork and Chilkat weaving
1999 B.A. Art, B.A. Anthropology, Stanford University
“Whether it is my intention or not, I am always expressing a link to the past, and a dream of the future.” Caroline Kroll
"For many years it seemed like people weren't capable of loving me as much as I loved them. At some point I gave up worrying about it and just loved them anyway, now I can't even quantify how much love there is because love is all there is."