Portraying Earth's ever-changing environments through printmaking.
As our natural environment transforms, the cracks and crevices caused by anthropogenic pollutants and extraction become increasingly apparent. Imagery of ever-changing biodiversity reminds us that we, humans, engineered the current state of our environment. My work addresses these concerns through abstract and representative texture, form and color.
I utilize chemical processes unique to printmaking to create one-of-a-kind surface qualities. Within etching and monotype specifically, I create a spectrum of chemical and solvent-based solutions that result in either altered levels of etching or diverse reactions to the ink directly. The result of this practice is a textural surface that acts as the foundation to much of my work. As this technique is highly experimental, it consistently poses the challenge of responding to each individual problem.
My work explores a narrative of human impact on the natural world. I fuse these elements — the manufactured and the organic, the pieces of Earth which have been altered by human touch, and normalized, creating a world in which land and animal develop and disintegrate together.
Environmental change is inevitable. But as human impact drastically increases the rate at which our natural landscapes and ecosystems transform, education and documentation plays a key role in conservation efforts. My work incorporates imagery from these shifts in order to expand our understanding of scientific reality. The pertinence of this subject matter will continue for as long as humans continue to innovate and advance — in turn maximizing, and deteriorating the resources Earth can provide.
Carley Schmidt was born and raised in Yakima, Washington. In 2013 she moved to Spokane to pursue an undergraduate degree at Gonzaga University, where she recently graduated with a degree in Journalism with minors in Fine Arts and Philosophy. She spent the fall semester of 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland where she attended drawing classes at the Glasgow School of Art. Since then she has exhibited a selection of prints in local group and juried exhibitions such as “Terrain 9” and the Chase Gallery’s “Explorations XV”. In September 2017 she undertook a residency at Ne'Na Contemporary Art Space in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her work fuses the manufactured and organic elements of our environment, and particularly highlights instances of human impact on the planet.