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Kerrie has been making art since her mother gave her old clip art books to collage into blank notebooks when she was tiny. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Photography and a BA in Art, and later returned to Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Pinchot University) to earn her MBA in Sustainable Business. Her work has been shown all over the country in shows such as "Altered Books: Spine Bending Thrillers" at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and in Low-Tech Time Capsules, Book Art for the Millennium at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Her work has also appeared in The Art of Fabric Books by Jan Smiley, Somerset Studio, ARTitude Zine, and in dog eared magazine, a journal of book arts. She is also the author of Altered Art Books, published by Turtle Press.

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  • Female
  • Born on December 12
  • Joined March 3, 2006

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collage, paper, ink, paint, stone, wire, fibers

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About

Kerrie has been making art since her mother gave her old clip art books to collage into blank notebooks when she was tiny. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Photography and a BA in Art, and later returned to Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Pinchot University) to earn her MBA in Sustainable Business. Her work has been shown all over the country in shows such as "Altered Books: Spine Bending Thrillers" at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and in Low-Tech Time Capsules, Book Art for the Millennium at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Her work has also appeared in The Art of Fabric Books by Jan Smiley, Somerset Studio, ARTitude Zine, and in dog eared magazine, a journal of book arts. She is also the author of Altered Art Books, published by Turtle Press.

about my art...

I am especially interested in using collage to create a record of memory. Memory can be shaped by conflicting elements, including family, society, genetics, culture, as well as the more scientific influences of brain chemistry, cells, and blood. I am also interested in cultural and family myths and tales and how they can take the place of actual physical truth, and in fact become truth.

My work sometimes makes use of the symbols that shape us into who we are, whether those symbols are taken from a mother’s story to her child or a commercial on T.V. These symbols have become an important tool that I use to visually communicate my feelings about the history that shapes us.

Recently, I have focused on miniature collages, which I call snapshot collages. These are a perfect replacement for a social, spiritual and cultural family snapshot. Instead of a faded photo in a tattered scrapbook, my miniature collages document an emotional history that I hope can be understood in a universal way. The small size relates to small photographic snapshots and mementoes, but also gives the viewer an opportunity experience the artwork with an intimacy that might be lacking in a larger wall piece.

I also feel very strongly about keeping art approachable, accessible and available to all. If you find a piece that sings to you, but can't afford it, please let me know. We might be able to work out a trade or some other kind of deal.

Please also stop by my web site at http://www.kerriecarbary.com.

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