Summer Line Up

I have a few exciting shows coming up this summer that I'd love to share with you. If you are in Calgary, Portugal or Iceland, please stop in and have a look if you have a chance! 

I have the pleasure of re-installing "Of Things I Can't Unthink" at The Factory in Djupavik, Iceland. This exhibition is in an retired mid century herring factory in the West Fjords, running from June 1- August 31, 2018, and I promise that the drive, location and space itself (including my piece, obviously) are well worth the travel. 

After a few years of work, I am finally finalizing my installation at Convento dos Capuchos in Capuchos/ Costa da Caparica, Portugal. Tempo e Espaço will open on July 21, 2018 and run until October 20. I'll share the time and a poster soon! There will be wine................

And finally, PROCESS: Thinking Through Craft has arrived in Calgary and the Alberta Craft Council cSPACE King Edward. I am showing a glass thread sculpture from my "Wind" series. It runs from June 9- August 18 and includes many beautiful hand made objects to peep on, so please stop by and say hi!  

Back to work....... "Of Things I Can't Unthink"'s 10,000 teeth don't install themselves..............

All I Think About is Horse Hair, All Day Long All I do is Think About Horse Hair All Day Long

…… and other reasons I haven’t written for over an entire year.  2017 was a heady year. I had the opportunity, and with it the craziness, of moving through a few countries and working in Canada,  Iceland and Portugal, where I had the honour of collaborating with the prestigious Vista Alegre Atlantis.  Since settling into surgery recovery in Canada, I’ve been musing over the last year and what I’ve really been so busy with. The reality of it is, I’ve been busy with horse hair.  I think about horse hair pretty much all day long.

During brief lapses of reality, I have taken the time to update my website with some work from 2017. New! Yay! Celebrate! The photos are a selection from my last two solos shows in Lisbon in Autumn 2017.

While you peek on that, try a listen to this. I’ll keep this one short while I ruminate on title piracy (yarrrrr.....heavy stuff for another day), healing thoughts and obviously, horse hair.

It was a great night!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the opening of Wooden Horses & Paper Planes last week. It was a huge success! It was so great to see everyone and chat over wine and snacks :) Thank you to those special ones for the pre- opening and install support as well..... you know who you are. I couldn't have done it without you!

I have attached some photos of the event in case you missed it, thanks to the photographic skills of Mário Sousa.  There will be more to come :) 

If you have not had a chance to see my show, Ill be at the gallery on Saturdays and Sundays. 14-18hr, until the closing party on August 11th. See you there!

Wooden Horses And Paper Planes

After a few weeks of procrastination and denial mixed with a healthy dose of confusion, I am happy to officially announce my exhibition at the Museu Nacional de Historia Natural e da Ciência in Lisbon!

I will show my recent sculptures and drawings in an insanely gorgeous and highly intimidating space, Antigo Picadeiro do Colégio dos Nobres from July 14th until August 11th, with the opening shenanigans on July 14th at 19hr.  If you are in the area I would love to see you there and share a glass of wine and a chat!

Thank you again to everyone who came to my last show in Iceland, So Here Only Briefly. Here are some photos from the exhibition (complete with the obligatory "Carissa laughing maniacally" photo), and of course a few more shots from my travels.

I hope to post some in progress work soon. I have been listening to this in an effort to keep my grasp on sanity firmly anchored..... however......  it may take a little bit more than a good waltz. 

Hello 2016! (Insert Catchy Title)

First post of the year, finally! I want to wish a happy and healthy 2016 to all! The new years positivity is palpable. Thank you so much to everyone who supported me through a rollercoaster ride of 2015. It was a tumultuous but maturing year if nothing else. The New Year has already brought new and marvelous news. I will have the pleasure of presenting a solo exhibition at Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência in late 2016.  The dates are still to be determined but I absolutely can’t wait for the opportunity. It has given me the push I need to get through a bit of an artistic dry spell.  It is hard to remember sometimes that nothing flowers all year round; there is a time to sow and a time to reap.

I am also getting geared up for another residency in Iceland in March and April. This time I will be going for TWO FULL MONTHS. Wow. I’m enthusiastic, but also a bit nervous about taking such a long period of time away from the faculty. I think that I will use the period to focus on my thesis research and do some mold making and writing. A period of intense introspection, ignited by solitude, a change of landscape and a sprinkle of loneliness, can only lead to good things.

Now for the most important part of my post: I want to say THANK YOU to my partner in crime, my rock and the leader of the Carissa fan club for nominating me for the ACAD Alumni Awards. I am honoured that because of your belief in me I have received the ACAD Alumni Horizon Award and the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Career Award for Alumni.  Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the award ceremony myself on March 31st, but my super awesome cool guy artist brother will be there to accept the award for me! Thank you The Alberta College of Art and Design for the recognition and for providing such amazing support and resources to their students and alumni.

That was a bit long winded but so much is new! Have a look, while you listen, at some of the things I have been up to lately, including many in-process shots and a few too many cell phone photos.  I wish you all a relaxed, happy and healthful new year……... See you soon.

 

on Hold

My first semester is over and I’m on to the next one. It has been a huge change of pace and lifestyle but I think I’ve finally started to get a hang of things here. I haven’t had much time to post and this is a short one but I wanted to take time to thank everyone for your support and well wishes thus far.

I am lucky to have the opportunity to present a solo exhibition this month at the Biblioteca FCT/UNL- on HOLD. I have included a few sneak-a-peek photos of the exhibition, some photos of lighting pieces that I collaborated on in December as well as a couple of odds and ends of my recent adventures.

I will also have an other solo exhibition in June…... stay tuned for more photos and updates coming soon!  In the meantime I hope you enjoy my photos and my journey.

It’s official…. We’re moving to Lisbon!

2014 has been full of excitement and adventure so far and I am super excited to say that the best is yet to come! I have been accepted into the Masters Degree Program in Glass Art and Science through the Research Unit VICARTE at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology and the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidade de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. This Masters program highlights the crossover between glass and science within a historical and contemporary context with a focus on glass restoration and conservation in conjunction with a conceptual fine arts program. I am incredibly excited for this opportunity both on an artistic and educational level, but even more so for the new adventures and personal growth opportunities.

The semester starts in October, so I plan on arriving in Portugal at the end of September…………… only four weeks away!!!!! I will be selling/ donating absolutely everything I own and starting fresh which is a very exciting thought. If any glassy or artsy friends are looking for materials, I am parting with my whole studio so get at me! I will post some photos as well as I go.

I’ve never been to Portugal so I thought I would post a couple of photos of Neil Martin Horvath and I on our last great adventure in Iceland.  I am a little sad that I won’t be able to participate in the Listhus residency again next year, however I am sure come February or March I will be singing a different tune…… while on the beach :) 

Wish us luck and please let me know if you have any Portuguese tips or secrets. Neil and I are both excited to start this new chapter in our lives!