Artist Statement 2017

Tension and line are the foundation of my work.  I am interested in exploring them through the use of yarn, thread, fabric and wire among other materials. Seeing the existing force on these things or the implied tension in the shapes of a drawing. Tension can can create or destroy and must be kept in balance.

The materials chosen foster this exploration. The tactile quality, source and history of the materials are essential. They are mainly lovely to touch, a contradiction for a viewer because they generally aren’t allowed to touch but a delight to the creator. Using material I already have or recycle from another purpose is important.   It allows me to feel I am bringing a little order to chaos by utilizing what I have. Plus it adds layers of meaning to the work.

Tension is used in some form to hold the work together. Whether in the tautness of a sewn thread, the compression of warp and weft or the energy inherent in a coiled wire. This mimics the tensions and contradictions of life – the viewer not being able to touch the tactile works, relationships among people, balancing obligations, work, family, art. Tension is what holds the pieces together and is a positive force, which is not how it always seen.


Carol Reed is an award winning artist and Pennsylvania native.  She currently resides in her hometown of Carlisle after living in various towns in the Northeast.  “Which is somewhere she never expected to be” according to Carol.  She attended college at Syracuse University, graduating with a B.F.A. in Painting. While there she spent a semester abroad in Florence studying Batik in the cloister of San Lorenzo Church.