by Carrie Tredo
I began making jewelry 20 years ago and have always considered myself a crafty person. My father was an artist, working mostly in oils and later working with latex and special effects make up. We shared an appreciation for the horror genre but never had much time together.
I really only began creating my artwork in 2013 as a means of reinventing myself. My artwork is not about a degree or professional technique. It is my story, my life, my passion. My tree spirits are a representation of the recreation of myself. When I ended my marriage to a man who was verbally abusive, mentally ill and an alcoholic, there was nothing left of me as a person. There was a complete destruction of my family unit and there was a need to rebuild. A need to create, to reinvent, to become something new. To become. To create. To grow. I decided I wanted to become an artist and I did just that.
My artwork was and is my therapy. My tree spirits represent new life. Mother nature and her ability to give life, to create. They represent the death of the human part of me. The self that was destroyed. There was nothing left. Grow is one of my favorite words. I try to grow everyday. I grow through my artwork. I grow through my children. I try to incorporate a lot of organic material in my work to bring life into my pieces.
I feel I have worn many masks in this life. One of my favorites so far is this one. Being an artist and a Mother, living in Westfield near Barcelona, which is such a wealth of inspiration for me. I think everyone has there own stuff. I think it's okay to be a little broken. For me, I think it's what makes us all unique and beautiful. As long as we grow from it. Grow with it. I hope my artwork reflects a feeling of becoming something beautiful. I often take a discarded vintage piece of furniture and use it as a canvas or incorporate it into a piece. I like to take something that might otherwise be forgotten and transform it into something wonderful, something that can be treasured. I hope that onlookers can see what can happen from darkness into light. A continued effort always to...grow.
"Grow: a Collaboration with Mixed Media Pieces" will open at the Octagon Art Gallery on Friday, Sept. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will remain on display through Friday, Oct. 14.