Carey Jernigan came to art from architecture and environmental science; and to contemporary craft from fine art. While she enjoyed the predicable process of scientific research, art allowed a more fluid exploration of the emotional landscape underlying human impacts on the environment. Specifically, she wondered: what stories are told through the material objects that industry, politics, and social systems leave behind?
Carey began by building installations with obsolete industrial and architectural forms. After a three-year mentorship with a fine furniture maker, she developed skills as a craftsperson and discovered that using rich materials and traditional techniques in newly made objects carried a certain emotional weight.
Carey’s current work explores patternmaking; a traditional woodworking trade dedicated to building forms for use in foundries. She uses patternmaking techniques to create both still and kinetic sculptures. Currently, she is preparing for a collaborative solo show with woodworker Julia Campbell-Such at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre for spring 2016. The show will explore the theme of pace in contemporary work.