Carolyn Figel

Feb 28th, 2017

Carolyn Figel


Carolyn Figel is a freelance artist living in Brooklyn. In her free time she enjoys attaching googly eyes to subway signs and writing short descriptions about herself. Her work has been featured in MTV, Lenny Letter, and Vice.

Tell us about the images that we’re featuring?

These are a collection of illustrations I created over the past year. Essentially all of them were an immediate reaction to something I had read in the news, seen on tv, or overheard in public.

How does photography affect your work?

Honestly, I mainly use my iPhone or a disposable camera. Digital photography allows me to take as many shots as needed to get the desired effect. But the disposable camera is like a hail mary every time. I have no idea how a roll is going to turn out, which is part of the fun.

How does social media affect you and your art?

Social media allows me to get my work to a larger audience in a short period of time. I treat it almost like a focus group. If something gets a lot of attention or “likes”, I know it’s a project worth pursuing.  I sometimes struggle with what is a normal amount of self promotion, and what is just attention seeking.

What are you working on right now?

Right now I am working on an illustration of Ina Garten on a Banana Boat with her husband Jeffrey.

Why did you start taking photos?

In the beginning it was to remember special occasions or celebrations; birthdays, parties, boring things like that. Now I mainly use my phone to take pictures of objects, shapes or people that I find funny.

What does the future hold for your work?

I don’t have a specific five to ten year plan, but one day it would be really fun to work for a company that pays me in some type of snack (I like Ruffles).