“Sculpture Evolves on the Walls”

Detroit Free Press

“Sculpture Evolves on the Walls”
By Keri Guten Cohen

January 2nd, 2000

Carrie Seid’s modest-sized sculptures on the walls by Sybaris Gallery in Royal Oak appear as if they are evolving before your eyes. Light within shines through skins stretched tight over the ridges of bones forming organic shapes that recall nautilus shells, amoebas and early life.

Seid’s older work covers one wall. These free-standing forms are more saturated with color and more luminous than her new pieces. Here each definite shape-teardrop, shell, oval- makes a strong individual statement.

Her new work is grouped in grids of small squares. The interior structures still form bone-like ridges visible through silk stretched tight like skin, but the statement is more minimal, formal, mysterious.

These elegant groupings seem to conjure images of free-floating chromosomes or microscopic life teeming with potential. Here the look is more austere, with only hints of color beneath the surface. More definition comes instead comes from the structures Seid builds within.

Seid uses plywood to build a foundation, which then is painted. Next an inner structure is formed using strips of copper and mylar. These provide the skeletal framework and give three-dimensional volume. Lightly oiled silk then is stretched tightly over the forms, providing a delicate yet resilient translucent skin.

The silk certainly provides a sense of visual tension that works in tandem with the undulating organic forms encased within.

In early works, rich paint colors provided the warm inner glow. In the newer works, the plywood has a cast of white and grey, creating a more ghostly appearance with an absence of color.

Seid thinks of these pieces as bodies that hold and reveal a mysterious energy or emotion, or as metaphors for carrying life forces.

This is the artist’s third solo show at Sybaris. She has an undergraduate degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. She was a textile designer for Burlington Industries in New York City before attending graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she is a frequent lecturer. She currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.