Carol Eckert

Each piece begins with symbols and stories — creation stories, legends of great floods, tales of quests and journeys, parables of good and evil. I am intrigued that cultures from so many different times and places share related traditions. The universal nature of animal symbolism also appeals to me: snakes as symbols of evil, storks or cranes as signs of good fortune. Mythology and art have been intertwined for as long as there have been humans on earth, and my work often makes references to art history.

Coiling is a technique so ancient that no one is exactly sure when it first began. Though it is traditionally used to make vessels, I construct a myriad of coiled forms, including staffs, shrines and books. My pieces are often complex, but the technique is simple, requiring only a threaded needle.