Trina Perry Carlson
Women over the ages have clothed the body, weaving the cloth, cutting and sewing it into patterns that covered, protected and revealed. My work references this intimate connection, where an article of clothing holds the residue, smell, fragility—the memory of its life and purpose. With needle and thread, I stitch together disparate parts creating new patterns and imaged psychological states.
The textiles used are items that I have found in my travels; articles collected or abandoned and taken from lifetimes of washing, mending and wearing. Each has a shared or imagined narrative that explores how are we bound by our own and our cultural histories and what can be learned by an examination of them. Each piece attempts to address archetypes that communicate beyond the individual and address the collective; bringing a consciousness to our stories and our psychology, and creating a more intentional and thoughtful life in the present.
In every case, the work of this series consists of fabric, pigment, wax and ephemera stitched onto the backside of stretched canvas, revealing what may have remained hidden from view. Denied on what would typically be the canvas front is the complex tangle of knots and thread that represent the hours invested in each piece. This dialogue over time is the quality that my work seeks to amplify into a meditation and a memory of the body.
Trina Perry Carlson is an artist, based in Seattle.
September, 2012 Inner Fabric, Four pieces in group show
Abmeyer+Wood Fine Art Gallery, Seattle Washington
April, 2014 Working Art Grant/Purchase Award
Working Artist Org.
July, 2014 Unleashed Exhibit, group show
Core Gallery, Women's Caucus for Art, Denver, Colorado
September 2014 Who Are You, member group show
Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington
September 2014 Inside Out, group show
Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon
November, 2014 Solo Show, International Contemporary Fibre Exhibit
World of Threads Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Saatchi Art http://www.saatchiart.com/studioca
Bachelor of Fine Art, Summa Cum Laude
Cornish Institute, Seattle, Washington