The Resilience of Hope: New Works by Carrie Seid

Opening: Thursday, Sep 14, 2023 5 – 7 pm
Thursday, Sep 14 – Nov 14, 2023

1871 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614

We are very excited to introduce the uniquely compelling dimensional work of Chicago bred, Tucson based artist Carrie Seid in a solo show that opens with an artist reception in the gallery on Thursday, September 14th from 5-7pm. We hope you'll join us for an unforgettable evening of art and conversation with the artist.

In my work I attempt to convey the anatomy of a feeling through form, structure, and the glow of reflected color.

The human experience of being simultaneously tenacious and vulnerable is referred to through material combinations as well as the creation of illusory space. Tension is built, both physically and metaphorically, as elements opposed in character meet to form the surfaces and contours of the work. By combining translucent and reflective materials, I am able to solidify and objectify ephemeral qualities of light, making tangible what cannot be otherwise described. 

My approach to structure reflects the progression and transformation seen in natural growth systems such as the chambered nautilus which leaves an ordered record of its development, organic yet regular in design. The work captures the evanescent, while at the same time offering glimpses of that which is emerging to take its place.

—Carrie Seid


“The physical description reduces their ephemeral qualities unjustly, failing to re-create the diaphanous veils of melting color, fusing from one space to the next. A simultaneity of resilience and vulnerability is created through the material and membranes, like scars emerging from the interior of a cloud...
Painting and sculpture are too categorically limited for the emotional states of being that Seid so elegantly conjures up. Smoke and shadow, dissipation and loss, energy and anatomy- these physical references bring us closer to the ineffable life forces at the core of these mysterious assemblages.”

—Gerry Craig, Sculpture Magazine


Image: "Tanzanite Light" by Carrie Seid, vinyl, acrylic and mylar, 16 x 16 x 3"