ARTIST'S STATEMENTIn my work I attempt to convey the anatomy of a feeling through form,structure, and the glow of saturated color.The human experience of being simultaneously tenacious and vulnerable is referred
to through the use of silk, a material which is delicate yet possesses a tensile strength greater than steel. Tension is built, both physically and metaphorically, as two elements quite opposed in character meet to form the surfaces and contours of the work. By combining these translucent and reflective materials, I am able to solidify and
objectify ephemeral qualities of light.
My approach to structure reflects the progression and transformation seen in natural growth systems such as the chambered nautilus which leaves an ordered record of is its development, organic yet regular in design. The work captures the evanescent, while at
the same time offering glimpses of that which is emerging to take its place.The pieces are constructed using a plywood base, cut and formed sheet metals (copper, brass and aluminum), and silk. The metal forms an understructure which supports a taughtly stretched layer of silk. Modulated color (in the form of underpainting or dyed silk) is sometimes used to enhance depth, structure and dimension. The additional step of oiling the fabric “skin” creates various degrees of translucence, allowing the outer layer to be visually penetrable - a watercolor rendered in three dimensions.“The physical description reduces their ephemeral qualities unjustly, failing tore-create the diaphanous veils of melting color, fusing from one space to the next.A simultaneity of resilience and vulnerability is created through the metaland membranes, like scars emerging from the interior of a cloud…Painting and sculpture are too categorically limited for the emotional statesof being that Seid so elegantly conjures up. Smoke and shadow, dissipationand loss, ineffable life forces at the core of these mysterious assemblages.”-Gerry Craig, Sculpture Magazine July/August 2000Education1991 MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI1984 BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Public Art Commissions2005-06 Tucson-Pima Arts Council, Flowing Wells CommunityCenter courtyard floor design2004 Oro Valley Arts Council, AZ, Five distinct projects for Northwest Medical Center2003 Tucson-Pima Arts Council, El Presidio Neighborhood Association, wall design2002 Tucson-Pima Arts Council, Udall Senior Center lobby sculptural installation2001 Tucson-Pima Arts Council, Orange Grove Road noise walls design
Selected Exhibitions and Awards2005 Solo Exhibition, “The Jacquard Series,” Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale AZ2004 Solo Exhibition, “Luminous Structures,” Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZJuror, Arizona Student Sculpture Competition2003 Solo Exhibition, “Objects and Abstractions,” Marshall Arts Gallery, Scottsdale AZ2002 “Works on Paper,” Marshall Arts Gallery, Scottsdale AZ2001 Purchase Award, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZSOFA International Expo, R. Duane Reed Gallery, Navy Pier,Chicago IL"Figurative Metaphors," four person exhibition, Rochester Art Center MN2000 Arizona State University Faculty Exhibition, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe AZ1999 SOFA International Expo, Sandy Carson Gallery, Park Avenue Armory NYCSolo Exhibition, Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak MI1998 SOFA International Expo, Sandy Carson Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago IL1997 "Illuminating," Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL1996 Solo Exhibition, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago IL1995 Artemisia Exchange Exhibition, The Living Arts Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland1994 Solo Exhibition, Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak MI1993 "X-Sightings," Anderson Gallery, Buffalo NY1992 Solo Exhibition, "Gathering Light," Daemen College, Amherst NY1991 "Recuerdos," Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association, Birmingham MI1990 "17 Alumnos," Universidad Ibero Americano, Mexico City, Mexico1989/88 American Craft Council Juried Exhibitions: Baltimore, Maryland andSpringfield MA1988 "The Art of Craft," Newport Art Museum, Newport RI1987 American Craft Council Juried Exhibition, Baltimore MD1986 First Prize, Jewish Community Center Holiday Exhibition, Providence RI
Reviews and Publications
2005 The Tucson Weekly, “She Objects” review by Margaret Regan2001 The Chicago Tribune, "Carrie Seid's Magic," by Alan Artner, Chicago ILThe Arizona Daily Star, 'Biennial Has Its Standouts," byCharlotte Lowe Bailey2000 Sculpture Magazine, Review by Gerry CraigThe Detroit Free Press, "Sculpture Evolves on the Wall," byKeri Guten Cohen1997 The Chicago Tribune, Weekend section, October1996 The Chicago Sun-Times, "Exhibit Conjures Emotion," by Margaret Hawkins1989 The Providence Journal Bulletin, "Small Wonders"