STAINLESS STEEL JEWELRY
Kelly Carlson-Reddig is a Registered Architect, Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the School of Architecture at UNC Charlotte. She earned her Master of Environmental Design in Architectural Theory at Yale University and her Bachelor of Architecture at Texas Tech University. Prior to moving to Charlotte, she practiced architecture in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Carlson-Reddig’s artwork spans across scales, from jewelry (at the scale of the body), to paintings (at the scale of the wall), to collaborative installations (at the scale of architectural space). The conceptual umbrella connecting these works is “Tectonic-Arts”, which includes her passions for TECTONICS, TECHNIQUE, and MATERIALITY. Reflecting on these themes, Carlson-Reddig observes:
“Tectonics can be described as the aesthetic, poetic, and ordered relationships between parts—a column and beam, or a chain and its pendant. The way two things touch or don’t, support or hold each other, connect or create their own articulated spatial details, is a source of inspiration for me at all scales and in all media.
“The role of Technique involves appreciating the ways that different artistic processes impart specific (and beautiful) MARKS within a creative work--the knot or weave pattern in a textile, the coil or pinch in clay, the brush stroke in paint, the chisel gauge in wood, or the hammer-blow to a piece of steel. Marks are natural forms of ornament and detail that reveal the making process and the “hand” of the maker long after the work has been completed.
“Materiality speaks to artistic power that comes from the differences between materials that influence their distinct potentials. Makers must know the basics of a medium, but an artist can invoke a material’s latent potential to reveal deeper levels of expression. For me, it is a special moment when a quiet but unwavering “material voice” is discernable; I will always aspire to coax some small, expressive material whisper into the world.”
Carlson-Reddig’s work in Ciel Gallery is focused on art jewelry, particularly steel, metals, and glass. The vocabulary naturally reflects architectural and industrial themes, forms and materials. Other key works in her oeuvre include 3-dimensional paintings, constructed in canvas that is tensioned over sculptural welded steel armatures, and finished with attention to the interplay between form, gravity, and the flow of fluid paint.