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I see the moment of creation as a threshold, a fertile ground where anything is possible. My work combines an interest in science, mythology, cosmologies, and a childlike sense of wonderment to seek the unknowable. I create formless floating worlds that have a seducing, enlightening, and ultimately deceiving presence. Vibrant lusty clusters of candied opulence emphasize the wetness at the beginning of life. Dry folds give way to woozy nests and frenzied organisms while dripping crystalline structures puncture soft unknowable terrains.
Through the process of making I indulge my desire to create an otherworld, one that bubbles, garishly drips, and slips slowly into lavish amalgamations. By combining artificial and organic materials with the rich traditions of metalsmithing, I am able to explore the infinity of tiny connections that make up the complex whole of the natural world. I make as a result of my own curiosity, drawing and building an imaginary world, from one layer to the next.

Carli Holcomb is an American artist working in installation, metalsmithing and sculpture.

In 2013, Holcomb graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BFA in metalsmithing, in 2016 she earned her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently the Quirk Hotel and Gallery Artist in Residence.

Holcomb is part of the permanent collections of the University of Wyoming, and the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. She will be published in Metalsmith Magazine's 2016 Exhibition in Print: Shifting Sites, and was featured in the contemporary design book Sieve By Design authored by Gunjun Suri. She is a member of Ethical Metalsmiths.

Carli Anne Holcomb

www.carliholcomb.com

Education

2016 Master of Fine Arts, Craft And Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia

2014 Post-baccalaureate, Studio Art, University of Wyoming, Laramie Wyoming

2013 Bachelor of Fine Art, Studio Art, University of Wyoming, Laramie Wyoming

Awards

2016 Quirk Gallery and Hotel Artist in Residence, Richmond Virginia

2015

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia

Mildred’s Lane Fellowship, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia

Travel Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Fellowship, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia

Exhibitions and Professional Experience

2016 Quirk Residency, Quirk Hotel and Gallery (Expected) Unknowable Terrain, Depot Gallery, Richmond Virginia

C0-Chair, Ethical Metalsmith Student Committee
2015 Communication Coordinator, Ethical Metalsmith Student Committee

2015 Mourning works, Mildred’s Lane, Narrowsburg New York
Death Complex(ity), Mildred’s Lane, Narrowsburg New York Warehouse 22, Richmond Virginia
Pallet Cleanser, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia Forefront, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia

Bibliography

2016 “Shifting Sites” Metalsmith Magazine, Exhibition in Print (Expected)

2015 “Sieve By Design” Gunjan Suri, Mumbai India

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.