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ARTIST STATEMENT


My work is wearable micro-fiction. Often fantastical and morbidly humorous, these abbreviated stories translate ideas with anthropomorphic and animistic themes into jewelry. Creation stories are important sources of inspiration for me as I find joy in imaginative explanations for our absurd and mysterious world. Picking at the constructs of inherent value, beauty, and adornment, I make unexpected objects in metals, found rocks, gemstones, enamel, glass, and any other materials that inspire me. My jewelry plays with the concept of transposition; I take the stuff of humans, animals, land, life, and death, then mash it all together.

About Carly Feddersen


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Bio


Carly Feddersen belongs to the Okanagan and Arrow Lakes bands of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. She was born and raised in Wenatchee, Washington and comes from a long line of creative people. Humor and irony are important elements in her work which is strongly influenced by traditional stories of the Columbia Plateau and pop culture. Carly received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Spring 2016 with a concentration in jewelry. She also works in print, glass, and fibers.


EDucation


2016 BFA in Jewelry, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2016 Certificate in Museum Studies, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2015 Enameling with Mi-sook Hur, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

2015 Fabrication, Revere Academy, San Francisco, CA


Group Exhibitions


2016 Not Vanishing, Missoula Art Museum. Missoula, MT
2016 IAIA Art Competition, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery. Santa Fe, NM
2016 American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Minneapolis, MN
2016 Transforming Landscapes, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery. Santa Fe, NM​
2016 Building Upon the Past, Visioning Into the Future, Longhouse Gallery. Olympia, WA
2016 Groundbreakers, Museum of Contemporary Native Art. Santa Fe, NM
2016 Senior Graduating Exhibition, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery. Santa Fe, NM

2015 IAIA Art Competition, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2015 American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Albuquerque, NM
2015 Not Vanishing, Museum of Northwest Art Tacoma, WA
2015 Not Vanishing, Heritage University. Toppenish, WA

2014 Tribute to the Mentors, Primitive Edge Gallery. Santa Fe, NM
2014 American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Billings, MT
2014 Terrain, Evergreen Gallery. Olympia, WA
2013 American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Greenbay, WI 
2012 Art in the Raw, Primitive Edge Gallery. Santa Fe, NM


AWARDS


2016 1st Place: Traditional Textiles, IAIA Art Competition, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery. Santa Fe, NM

2016 1st Place: Jewelry, IAIA Art Competition, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery. Santa Fe, NM

2016 Departmental Award: Outstanding in Jewelry, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2015 Departmental Award: Outstanding in Jewelry, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2015 1st Place: Traditional Dimensional Works, IAIA Art Competition, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery. Santa Fe, NM

2015 3rd Place: Traditional Dimensional Works, American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Albuquerque, NM

2015 Penland Scholarship, Institute of American Arts & Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

2014 Anheuser-Busch Scholarship, American Indian College Fund.

2013 Anheuser-Busch Scholarship, American Indian College Fund.

2012 Toyota Scholarship, American Indian College Fund.
    

COLLECTIONS


Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT

Salish Kootenai College Library, Ronan, MT

Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM

Hallie Ford Museum, Salem, OR

Portland Art Museum, Portalnd, OR

Colville Tribal Museum, Coulee Dam, WA

Museum of Art and Culture, Spokane, WA

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA