Artist Statement

It could be my instinctive nature to seek out the boundaries of strength and fragility, or my appreciation for details of my surroundings, or a fascination with cause/effect, chaos/order, that drives me to create. My art is a practice of experimentation and invention when it comes to capturing what is around me. I become the facilitator of marks, while the environment dictates what direction those marks go.

Layers and material play an important role in the message behind my work and each of my series. Similar to a functioning body, the matrix of veins, vessels, bone, tissue, it all couldn’t function without the other– one layer couldn’t form without the one underneath. The physical layers of my work and designs are also odes to the natural side of the materials I choose to use, allowing me to create a boundless cycle of elements from things like wood, ink, thread and pigment. The experiments I create explore ideas of tradition and history, structure, surface and color, and the boundaries and relationships between.

Renee DeCarlo