Local artist and
poet, Carol "Cara" Wubbena, has experienced the ancient history and archaeology of
the Near East first hand. Carol met and worked with many well known
archaeologists as a coordinator for Biblical Archaeology Society Seminars in
the United States. She hoped her initial experience in excavation would be a
“diving dig” on a shipwreck. Instead she became a part of an archaeological
excavation in the desert in Israel .....quite a long way from the sea. Initially
she was a
volunteer and then became a staff member at Tell Halif, a dig south of
Jerusalem. Her dig director was Joe Seger of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology
at Mississippi State.
The dig had forty to
seventy staff, camp crew and volunteers. Each season was nine weeks. The
artist refers to their living and working areas as “a hippie camp look.” It
was made up of tents and old school buses placed in a field in what seemed
like the middle of nowhere. Carol was the Pottery Registrar on the
excavation. This meant she registered each piece of pottery taken from the
ground. Lucky for her, a part of her job was to sit with the archaeologists when they “read” each bucket of shards and
debated the date and authenticity. “The whole experience on the excavation
was very tiring, very dirty, very primitive but very exhilarating.” says
Carol. “I have a lot of interesting stories.”
Carol also took a six
week study course of Israel, dug at Tell Dor, one of Israel’s largest sites on
the Mediterranean coast and excavated on Native American sites near Atlanta.
The artist studied on-site in South America, Greece, and Jordan as well. She
received a grant from the American Schools of Oriental Research to excavate
and study in the Near East and has traveled with her studies to England and
France as well. She is a member of Emory Museum of Archaeology and
attends the American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meetings.
Carol’s paintings, prints and poetry comes from her deep interest in
archaeology, history and the study of ancient cultures. This has also led to
studies in mythology, world religions, and psychology. One well
known 14 foot painting is part of a performance “Folded Wings, A Journey of the
Spirit.” It has lights, poetry and music composed by her son James.
Carol, whose painting and writing name is Cara, is currently researching
history and the archaeology of Ireland for another 12 foot painting.
Carol is a former
public school art teacher and Community Education teacher. Presently she paints and
teaches art classes at her art studio in the 1910 Carnegie Library she
restored in Barnesville. Carol and her library were recently featured on HGTV and in Southern Living and Georgia Journal Magazines.
archaeology slide lecture at Cara
Studios, Library and Greenwood Sts in Barnesville will be posted under
workshops. Please check back.