Carrie's newest works incorporate handwoven textiles in addition to the naturally-derived hand-dyed fabrics the artist is known for. Coupling the two creates visible connections between tension and slackness, stillness and looseness - elements intrinsic in both the physical and conceptual qualities of Carrie’s work.
With the physical elements of my practice being cloth and dye, for this series, I simplified and slowed way down. I found the act of physically weaving the cloth allowed me to drop deeper into all the questions that arise from working with the materials I choose.
In these paintings, the layered compositions are both delicate and strong, the textures intimately commanding reflection.
I find the physical act of weaving supports the notion of 'staying with' feelings, of grounding in awareness, and not looking away. By allowing the rhythm and repetition to occupy my hands, my mind was free to quiet down, to imagine, and to notice. What arose was awe.
Through Carrie’s work we reflect on ourselves as intrinsically connected to and in reciprocity with the landscape we inhabit and the paramount role of nature in our lives.
Visible connections. Curious lines. Tension, slack, stillness, and movement together animate a feeling of awe. At times there is deep grief and at others great joy. Resilience in this moment, amidst climate collapse, contains both.