Carol Eckert employs a simple basketry technique, coiling, to construct a myriad of forms with just a needle and thread. By adopting this ancient process, she constructs vessels, books, wall pieces, and installations – all referencing the complex interaction of humans with the natural world, building them up one stitch at a time. Her work is imbued with mythological references, expanding to encompass deep concerns for the environment and the intricate web of all living things.
Alongside her fascination with history, fable, poetry and mythology, Eckert is also drawn to the contradictory stories of the early naturalists; in particular, how their plundering of nature ultimately laid the foundations for museums and modern ecology in the form of “cabinets of curiosity”.
Eckert’s work is exhibited extensively and is included in many public collections, including Denver Art Museum, de Young Museum/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Racine Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.