Burnet’s three-dimensional constructions reside in glass domes and shadowboxes. Her work references specific places in invented worlds. Composed of hand cut wood, shells, and snakeskin, she manipulates these natural objects to comment on the interactions between nature and civilization. Part natural environment and part architectural form, the viewer is invited to discern his or her own connections in these contained worlds. Series such as The Brooklyn Bridge along with her shadowboxes visually translates a poem by the artist or writers such as Guillaume Apollinaire, Blaise Cendrars, and others.
Carand Burnet is a writer and mixed media artist. Her poems and nonfiction have been featured in Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She is the co-author of The Principles of Fraying (Factory Hollow Press, 2012) and author of the chapbook Henhouse (Projective Industries Press, 2013). She is a 2013 scholarship recipient of the Key West Literary Seminar. She is a freelance writer and has contributed to art magazines including Art New England and Printmaking Today UK. She is working on a book about Gypsy Chickens.
Burnet’s work has been exhibited in Seattle, WA, Portsmouth, NH, Amherst, MA, and in The Hosmer Gallery in Northampton, MA. She is originally from South Carolina and now lives in New England after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2010. She was a 2012 Easthampton Bearfest Artist Participant. She co-owns the Curbside Gallery: a traveling art shop and is part of the BIG INK collaborative. Her constructions, hand made books, and prints reside in private collections.
Her most recent and ongoing work entitled The Invisible City Series, is inspired in part by Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities. Most pieces range from one to two inches in diameter. Pieces from Carand's Invisible Cities series will be on exhibit in September at the Gallery at Chases Garage in Carand's joint show with printmaker, Lyell Castonguay. To see more from this series, visit Carand's website.
The shadowboxes featured are various interpretations of urban based poetry. Please refer to caption under image for specific poet and poem. To see more from this series, visit Carand's website.
Prose of the Trans-Siberian
The Prose of the Trans-Siberian Diptych is inspired by Blaise Crendrar’s La Prose du Transsiberien et de la petite Jehanne de France. The poem was published in 1913 and chronicles the poet’s journey with a young girl from a war-torn Moscow, Russia to an idyllic Paris, France. To see more from this series, visit Carand's website.
The Brooklyn Bridge series is inspired by five poems that feature this mythic bridge. Please refer to poets and poem titles under each image. To see more from this series, visit Carand's website.
A woodcut is an image carved into the plank surface of a piece of wood. The areas that show white are cut away leaving the image to show black on the surface level. The wood is then rolled with ink to show the design. Using hand chisels, we execute a carving into a boarded up window, door, or neglected wall. After the carving is complete we roll ink across the surface of the window, door, or wall and leave it as a permanently installed mural on the premises. Carved Content’s mission is to popularize the woodcut medium by placing it in highly visible and openly accessible locations within the local community. After viewing the woodcut mural we hope community members will seek out additional information about Carved Content, the history and tradition of woodcut, and other artists who practice printmaking.
Using partial funding awarded by the ECA+ and provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Carand and I will begin working on a 5 1/2 foot large woodcut on the side of the defunct Hurry & Scurry copy center at 118 Union St in Easthampton, MA starting July 2013. Our mural will depict the cross section of a tree with all the growth rings fully carved. The choice of subject is inspired by the persistence of nature in the face of urbanization (moss and grass grow plentifully inside the Hurry & Scurry building) and our recognition of the sudden recent passing of Bryan Nash Gill who’s woodcuts illustrate the complex intricacies of the natural world. Carved Content will take approximately 30-60 days to complete and we hope to have an official unveiling in August or September during Art Walk Easthampton.
Easthampton is a burgeoning arts center in western Massachusetts. The town is located in the Pioneer Valley – about 2 hours from Boston. It is a small community with many talented artists. Everyone has been incredibly supportive of our project including: Pine Valley Real Estate, ECA+, and the Mass Cultural Council.
IMAGES LEFT: Lyell and Carand transferring an image for Carved Content