Unfurl: An Installation

Art and yoga meet in a re-wilding of Breathe Yoga & Wellness's 131 West Union display window. With her sculpture “Unfurl”, artist Jen Carson manifests reluctance and inevitable opening; a human spine is tightly furled like a fern frond, but fed by hope, trust, nurturing, and the simple seduction of being alive, begins to unwind from its protective coil. 

“Unfurl” is unapologetically both flora and fauna. Taking it in, the creature turns from serpent, to killer-plant-beast, to our most intimate truth and greatest common denominator, the animal, and specifically the human, spine. Photo to the right by Peggy Carter.

“Unfurl” is created in several pieces in clay by Jen Carson in her studio Jenelaine Carson Pottery and Sculpture at West Union Art Studios in downtown Morganton. After a stay at Breathe Yoga & Wellness, “Unfurl” will be available to grace its forever home for a sale price of $500. Jen will handle installation for a new owner at no charge.

“It is the job of the spine to keep the brain alert.”

BKS Iyengar


“The cause of bandha and moksha (bondage and liberation) is our own minds. If we think we are bound, we are bound. If we think we are liberated, we are liberated. . . . It is only when we transcend the mind that we are free from all these troubles.” 

Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

“Yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible.”

Bob Harper


Jen Carson’s Bio

I am an Artist currently living and working in Morganton, North Carolina. My studio is located downtown at West Union Art Studios. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from East Carolina University in 2005, and my Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. When not in the studio, I enjoy backpacking, hiking, fossil digging, mushroom foraging, kayaking, collecting bones, and pretty much anything else that involves being fascinated and inspired by the natural world. My artwork is directly influenced by my life experiences, and the life I see around me. My fascination with the biological world combines with my own inner quirks to provide a limitless, ever changing resource for ideas!

Artist Statement

Often fueled by the dichotomies I find within and around myself, my work references transience, intangibility, balance, reaching, expansion, disintegration, interconnection, and the spaces between.

My work blurs the line between seemingly opposing forces such as fragility and strength; permanence and impermanence; attraction and repulsion. I desire for the works I create to evoke questioning, curiosity, introspection, and a sense of wonder.

~ 2016

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