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Tori Carpenter: Living life artistically

Carpenter’s contemporary reinterpretation of Mucha’s works

Dec. 15. By Dave Yochum. Works by Cornelius artist Tori Carpenter are featured in the Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art through Jan. 23. Carpenter, who lives in the Caldwell Depot neighborhood, is a disabled artist who has exhibited her work statewide.

The art museum commissioned Carpenter and two other North Carolina artists to reinterpret Mucha’s iconic Art Nouveau works from the turn of the 20th century with a more contemporary perspective of body images.

Opportunity knocks

Carpenter said the NCMA Modern Beauty campaign has “been an amazing opportunity for me, all at once humbling and enriching.”

When Carpenter started creating at age 45, she felt like she was an invisible person. “My mental health made me feel unseen as most people don’t want to acknowledge people like me,” she said.


Full-time artist

Her work is compelling, sometimes whimsical and always beautiful.

“Art is my full-time job which you can believe is certainly not horrible :),” she said in an email.

Carpenter, who signs her work FNoRD—a word in some contemporary fiction only understood subconsciously—sells prints at her online shop: www.afnord.art