Renee DeCarlo Johnson


For me, art is the practice of experimentation and invention – experimentation of materials, and the invention of relationships formed between materials.  I work small; however I consider each piece as the member of a much larger whole – collaborating among clusters of pieces within each series.  I build each series en masse, and each series contains a redundancy of components and processes, layered and altered within.  

I am constantly inquiring and experimenting with ideas of tradition and history, structure, surface and color, and the boundaries and relationships between each of these as well as the processes involved in creating a visual metaphor for these inquiries.  I rely on the connections and boundaries between traditions of craft and the influence of technology and contemporary media. In bringing various processes together in non-traditional ways, I work in the space between those traditions, where they come together – analogous to the visual spaces I’m creating on the surface of my pieces. My aesthetic is imbued with elements that reflect on the natural world – where a similar struggle for balance and variation exist.