Kaersten Colvin-Woodruff
I create mixed media three dimensional works constructed from a combination of organic and industrial materials. My artwork is fueled by my interest and studies in African-American, Euro-American, and American Indian folk medicine, folklore, and folk magic. The works are not literal or narrative interpretation of these cultural practices; rather, I use combinations of materials such as human hair, bees’ wax, vintage handwritten letters and documents, and traditional techniques such as casting, forging, and fabricating base metals to suggest or echo American folkways.

Some elements in the work are deceptive in their display. What might appear purely mechanical, domestic or industrial at first glance, soon becomes sacred, magical, or ritualistic in character. The shift between these contexts holds my interest, and encourages me to explore more ways of creating works that evoke feelings that are two- or threefold in nature.