My work employs alternating modes of abstraction and observation to explore how individual experience can limit and expand our perception.  I connect the fields of art and science in an endeavor to look at the edges of empirical knowledge and the possibility for discovery and wonder.
My creative research draws upon astronomical images created by time-lapse exposures, spectroscopes, and computer-enhanced photographs.  I collect these images from books and the Internet.  I am interested in how these ambiguous appearing images reveal information to us.  I extract shapes, lines, colors and patterns that serve as starting points for compositional strategies.  It is important to note that my research of the night sky occurs in my studio through found images, and not outside.  This is a mediated relationship with nature, not a romantic experience of looking directly at the night sky.  The hand-made quality of my work is amplified through the process; space, surface and color are invented through a range of marks.  The work becomes a record of my personal observation of motion, space, and time; an attempt to draw phenomena that is beyond our vision.
I am indebted to the history and forms of early modernism, particularly the history of abstraction. The figure/ ground relationship remains tenuous in my work; it's an abstraction that is not too far from its source but whose discovery is not contingent on the source being revealed.  I create tensions in my work between past and present, science and craft, image and material.
My work embodies an attitude of awe by accepting the limits of knowledge within a quest for new understanding.  I am interested in the attempt to observe something that remains out of reach, and ultimately, how this pursuit reflects back on the observer, herself.
- Carrie Gundersdorf, 2016
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