Wood, reimagined as woven and beaded basketry and sculptures.
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One of Keoni’s largest pieces, this bowl exudes energy with its intricate pattern of diamonds, stripes, pyramids and squares in a dazzling array of colors. The red orange band at the top adds the final touch. A remarkable piece from Keoni, two-time Smithsonian artist, CM Russel artist and winner of numerous awards.
A self-taught, second generation wood artisan, Keoni Carlson’s work explores shape, texture, color, and complex patterns. His work reimagines wood as woven and beaded basketry inspired by Native American storytelling, legend, and mythology. Keoni takes simple, functional shapes and transforms them into touchable illusions that blur the craft/fine art distinction. Keoni uses fire, ink, and sharpened steel to create his pieces, which are story-driven. As he carves and colors, the narrative emerges.
Wood art is the tree that lives on the warmth and shade and protection sustained and brought inside. Listen well and the wood will speak.