Carmen Grier

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Artist Statement


Nature has always been my mentor. I am inspired by its intriguing shapes, textures, lines and color combinations created by light and shadow as well as its ability to evoke a memory of place in the most non-objective ways. These abstract qualities are the hallmarks of music (my first course of study) as well as visual art -- they have long informed my textile work and now they come to call in my current involvement with oil paint and cold wax medium on canvas and panel.  


While my past work and influences inform my new direction, my change in practice feels like a leap into yet another seductive and mysterious realm of creativity. Each step on my path is a process of discovery; this is truly a deeply intuitive, challenging and exciting personal journey for me. I am pleased to share it with you.



Artist Biography


Carmen Grier has been creating functional and art textiles for 40 years and is now adding painting to her current practice. She has taught and exhibited nationally, been awarded national and international residencies, and her award-winning work has been featured in Fiberarts Magazine and Surface Design Journal.

After earning a degree in music (BA, University of Iowa), Carmen soon found her way back to her true passion: visual art. She earned an MA from The University of Iowa in Textile Design followed by an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art.


Carmen Grier's studio and home is located near Penland School of Craft in rural Mitchell County, NC where she resides with her husband, ceramic artist and writer Terry Gess. They met in the mid- 1990's while each was an artist-in-residence at Penland School of Craft.