Candace Compton Pappas

Candace Compton Pappas

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Artist: Candace Compton Pappas
Title: Self-Portrait with Bittersweet Greens
Hi-resolution ink-jet print, mounted
30" x 23"

Please note: All artworks will remain on display through June 30th in the Main House and Carriage House - after which purchased works will be available for pick up at BasBlue (unless alternate arrangements have been made). For questions contact:


These photos are part of a series reflecting on what happens when I immerse myself in what I do, think about, and create. They started when removing invasive Bittersweet vines from the woods that surround my studio. After a day of working I would close my eyes and all I could see were endless bittersweet vines. I piled them up in my studio and finally sank myself into them and started to take some portraits.
What are the relationships we form with the “other” be it bittersweet, woods, found objects, or discarded waste? It is a relationship I am constantly exploring as illustrated by these “collaborations” between myself and that which surrounds me.


I am a multi-disciplinary artist. My  work includes painting, installation, and assembled constructions. My work has been shown nationally, with work purchased by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Video Data Bank at the Chicago Art Institute. 

Born and raised in California I attended the San Francisco Art Institute and subsequently was an active member, creator, and teacher at the Woman’s Building and Feminist Art Program in Los Angeles. I currently live and work in rural Michigan on a densely wooded property. My work is deeply affected by my relationship with these woods and my environmental concerns.