Carrie Lederer is an artist and curator, and has been producing artwork and exhibitions for thirty years. Ms. Lederer was raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended Michigan State University where she received a BFA in sculpture and a BA in Art Education. She has exhibited her work nationally including exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles. 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.
Carrie Lederer currently lives in Oakland, California with her husband Steven Pon who is also an artist, and their son Tommy.
For over twenty years I’ve been making work that relates to one subject—the origins of life and especially of our lives as human beings. My recent paintings and sculpture depict turbulent gardens informed by nature’s riotous beauty, or the deep 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 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 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 seemingly haphazard.
Carrie Lederer, 2009