Weaving Light Series

The Weaving Light Series is a several years exploration of multibeam refraction. All images have been taken in collaboration with nature in my garden. I have explored the light throughout the year, in various weather conditions and how it moves through various seed filaments, nests, webs, vegetable fibers and feathers in my garden.

Species that I have worked with in collaboration include Caterpillars, including Malacosoma americium, Orchard Spiders Leucauge venusta, Common House Spiders Parasteatoda tepidariorum, Golden-silk Orbweaver Nephila clavipes, Black and Yellow “ Banana” Garden Spiders Argiope aurantia, Arboreal Orbweavers Neoscona crucifera, Spiny-backed Orbweavers Gasteracantha cancriformis, Bowl and Doily Spiders or what I call “Fairy Pocket Spiders” Frontinella communis, Funnel Weaver Spiders, Grass Spiders Agelenopsis and both Black Widows Latrodectus and Brown Widows Lactrodectus geometrics both of which though venomous are also in our woods.

It is my hope that by calling attention to the amazing qualities of these much maligned and feared but intensely industrious and creative beings and their creations as they interact with light that I can help to ease understanding of the tiniest creatures and other aspects of the smallest most overlooked spaces on the planet starting with the area outside my very own door.

-Carrie Lee Pierson Schwartz


Carrie Lee Schwartz

is an artist who is inspired by nature and its " ever changing and unpredictable perfection." She uses a variety of media to create works that reflect on the relationship between man and nature, specifically, her South Louisiana home. Her formal training in the fine arts, specifically in glass, drawing, painting and photography, have given her insight into working with light as she manifests her ideas regardless of the medium in which she is working. Her recent Weaving Light Series is entirely from her garden and is a several yearlong study of light and its interaction with various filaments in nature.

Her works draw on her deep understanding of the tenuous, fragile experience of both growing up in the wetlands and also living next to the strength and power of the Mississippi River. The Louisiana wetlands and landscape have changed rapidly in her lifetime, and continues to do so. Carrie has made a point of trying to daily document these changes during what many are now calling the "Great Migration", where many New Orleanians and others are moving north to higher ground since Katrina, taking Southeast Louisiana Culture with them as they go. She also documents select cultural events in the entire South East Louisiana region including rodeos, livestock shows, festivals and parades.