Carly Feddersen was born and raised in Wenatchee, Washington and comes from a long line of creative people. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and of mixed European decent. Humor and irony are important elements in her work which is rooted in material culture and traditional stories of the Columbia Plateau. Feddersen received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2016 with a concentration in jewelry. She is a metalsmith and stone carver, traditional basket maker, and also creates works in glass and print.
Artist Statement: With cheeky humor, my work tells abbreviated stories that translate ideas with anthropomorphic and animistic themes into jewelry. Plateau material culture and creation stories are important sources of inspiration for me, as are the stones I gather for use in my work. The jewelry I make is often a personification of the pieces of land they are made of. Through carving and shaping the rocks I collect near my home in Central Washington they take on new life and sometimes, senses of their own. Plateau basket and beadwork motifs are also prominent in my work.
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