Abstracted Garden (Homage to my Grandma Helmi)Artists Statement

My painting, sculpture and installation primarily relate to one subject—life forms in nature and our relationship to the natural world. The work depicts turbulent aspects of the garden informed by nature’s riotous colorful beauty, or the deep dark space of our universe filled with a Byzantine intricacy of shape, pattern and constellations.

The work sometimes explores a convergence of these two worlds—nature and the universe— and I’m evermore curious about and drawn to the order beneath the confusion found in both.

The science of fractals and patterns of chaos are particularly important to my work. While at first glance fractals might appear as a tangled disorder, there is an inherent structured composition embedded into this dynamic system. Fractals are complex geometric figures made up of patterns that repeat—each time on a smaller scale, and each smaller version referred to as a “self-similar ” form. They basically tell the story of the wild transformations in nature that are taking place on a daily basis, giving order to a chaotic world of energy and change.

My work is a response to these natural wonderments and I’m charmed and fascinated by nature’s intrinsic capacity to create and reproduce pattern—as a source of imagery and inspiration for my working process and the studio practice.

My daily, up-close encounter with nature is the fifty-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