Story-Telling Through “Artography”
By Renée Phillips
Carrie Webster creates “Artography” that welcomes viewers into a myriad worlds of self-discovery and enchantment. The artist who lives in Sydney, Australia, has an uncanny gift for developing stories through montages that are compelling and mysterious. They leave indelible imprints on our psyches.
All of Webster’s photographic montages are composed of images that she has taken herself, and then layered and transformed in Photoshop to create richly developed works of art.
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Skill and Experimentation
Webster’s art invites us to meander through surreal tableaus that are infused with theatrical flair and fantasy. We encounter references to mythology, legend and myth.
Her unique artistic expression is based on a keen sense of composition, graphic design and many years of experimenting with different mediums, tools and themes.
She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at COFA in her early twenties, and then moved into the field of graphic and web design. She also has a Masters degree in Information Architecture.
Imagination With Versatility
A prolific and imaginative artist Webster excels in creating many different series, yet always reflects her inimitable style.
From her website we learn that her works are often inspired by, and created for, friends. For example, “The Butter Dish” shown above, epitomizes the persona of her friend “who has an extremely outgoing, flirtatious and zany personality, with a wicked sense of humor and a larger than life energy.”
Webster explains, “You’ll notice that a lot of my work incorporates the use fruit and vegetable that I use to create characters and landscapes. If you look carefully, you may see other unconventional items that have been crafted and blended into my images.”
In fact, her most recent exhibition in 2015 was a re-imagining of the Chinese Horoscope animals, photographed as vegetables and transformed into magical animals.
Honors and Awards
Carrie Webster has had many one-person and group exhibitions including the Sydney Headon Photo festival with a solo exhibition of digital images at the Essential Ingredient Cafe in Rozelle. Titled “Darkness and Light” the series in this exhibition explored “the presence of opposing forces in both our universal experiences and in our personal worlds.”
She was recently selected as a featured artist for Studio Visit (Volume 25) and International Contemporary Artists (Volume 8). She won awards in the Wide Open Digital 2 contest and the Professional Women Photographers (PWP) 38th Anniversary International Women’s Call for Entry. The artist was also selected as a finalist for the international online Open Art Exhibition at the SpaceLightTime gallery.
Her Art Offers Positive Perspectives
Webster’s art is a reflection of her personal introspection and we are fortunate that she takes us along for the journey that may lead us to transformation. As she explains, “We all have limitations as individuals in our ability to change the outside world, however, I have complete freedom to create my internal world. The external world can be a very dark place and every day as I watch global events unfold, I am filled with disbelief, sadness and fear for the kind of world our children are inheriting. Art enables me to escape from this, to find humour in myself and my surroundings, and just to momentarily forget. If my art can create these kind of moments for someone else, I am humbled.”
Visit Carrie Webster’s website at www.artfolio.com.au/