By Carrie Garrott
Fragility, impermanence, and preciousness are aspects I wish to capture in my artwork. I design with elements found in nature, predominantly from botanicals. I create in a variety of mediums, including mixed media, pastels, paints, and precious metals. Whether my pieces are made with actual botanicals or if they are stylized representations, they are imbued with an ephemeral, vulnerable quality. The fragility of my work is a metaphor for the delicate and fleeting nature of life, a reminder of life’s brevity and preciousness.
I have chosen to use flowers as a medium and as inspiration for several reasons, but mostly because I’m a bit obsessed. It seems that flowers have had a big influence in my life for a while; in fact, my first job was as a floral designer, starting in high school and continuing off and on through college. During these years I intentionally kept flowers out of my artwork,
I was thoroughly sick of them. During graduate school they made their way back in, now they are the major element of my work and I don’t foresee them going away anytime soon.
I work in a variety of forms, both two-dimensionally and three-dimensionally. I bounce around between painting in watercolor, acrylic, and oil; and working sculpturally with precious metals and mixed media. My background in jewelry design and metals shows up in all the forms of my work, it has helped me create a minimal, and understated aesthetic with consideration to craftsmanship and materials.
The idea of what my work should speak of has always been difficult for me to articulate. For me, it is more of an abstract idea or emotion than a solid statement. I am interested in life, vitality, existence, and the ending of it. I wish to capture or express a state of fragility, ephemerality, and impermanence. I feel that botanicals describe these states more eloquently than my words ever could.
About the Artist
Carrie Garrott has shown work in numerous national and international juried exhibitions, receiving several awards. Her work is in various private and public collections including the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin & the Museum of Art and Design in New York, NY.
Carrie received a Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 2006 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas in 2002.
Carrie currently works out of her home studio and teaches Fine Art at Collin College in Plano, Texas.