For over 20 years I have been making work that primarily relates to one subject—life forms in nature and our relationship to the natural world. My paintings and sculpture depict turbulent gardens informed by nature’s riotous colorful beauty, or the deep dark space of our universe filled with a Byzantine intricacy of stars, snowflakes, and snowmen.
The work conveys the order beneath the confusion found in these two worlds—the garden and universe—both of which are astounding, capricious and seemingly anarchic.
The science of fractals and patterns of chaos are particularly important to my work. A fractal is a complex geometric figure made up of patterns that repeat itself—each time on a smaller scale, and each smaller version is referred to as a “self-similar” form.
At first glance they seem to be a tangle of order/disorder or violence/beauty. I’m drawn to nature’s intrinsic capacity to create and reproduce pattern—as both a source of imagery and working process for my own art.
Fractals basically tell the story of the wild transformations in nature that take place on a daily basis, and they give order to a chaotic world of energy and change. My paintings, sculpture and installations are a response to these natural wonderments.
My daily, up-close encounter with nature is the 50-foot journey through our family garden, from home to the studio. I am continually captured by nature’s sheer lunatic exuberance—a spectacle of complexity—beautiful, simple, and haphazard.
Carrie Lederer has been a practicing artist for 30 years. She was raised in Detroit, Michigan, and attended Michigan State University where she received a BFA in sculpture and a BA in Art Education. Ms. Lederer has exhibited her work nationally including exhibitions at Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, SFMOMA Artist Gallery, and The Lab in San Francisco; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose; Pictogram Gallery and Ev Gallery in New York City; Melanee Cooper Gallery in Chicago, Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and the William Havu Gallery in Denver. She is currently represented by the Havu and Wood Galleries, and has work available at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery in San Francisco.
Her exhibitions have been reviewed in local and national publications including ArtNews, San Francisco Chronicle, ArtWeek, San Jose Mercury News, Art Issues Magazine, and Diablo Magazine. Ms. Lederer is the recipient of the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Award, and her work was included in New American Paintings catalogue, published in 2005. In 2006 she was commissioned by Art Source of San Francisco to create a public art installation in the lobby of 101 California Street in downtown San Francisco, and in 2011 by Napa Art commission to create an installation for the City’s Art on First project. In 2009, Lederer’s work was included in Found Object II, a national survey of artists working with found or ready-made objects.
Carrie Lederer currently lives in Oakland, California, with her husband Steven Pon who is also an artist, and their son Tommy.