Of Things I Can't Unthink, 2018 ed.

240 hours

Give or take a few …. But it was all worth it. “Of Things I Can’t Unthink” is up again in a new iteration, installed in the unparalleled beauty of the West Fjords. The Factory, in Djupavik, Iceland, will host this spectacular piece, along with the work of many other talented artists from June 1st until August 31st, 2018. It’s a little bit out of the way but well worth the drive.

Beautiful photos of the installation process by Randy Antonia, Réza Kalfane and Julie Dodge.  Super special thanks to Heide Schimke for the super special video of my super cool piece. Super.

If you have a chance, sink you peepers into it, maybe with a little bit of this.  But don't watch their video, watch mine. (Just kidding, their work is beautiful and should be seen by all so watch it too!)

Next up, Portugal........

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..............

GAS Member Monday

Hey look at this! I am this weeks Member Monday Artist on the Glass Art Society website. I am proud to be chosen to share my work with the glass community, and the world. If you have a moment please give the lil' interview a read too! You can find it here. And as always, here are three of my current musical muses. I'm packing up to go work for the month at Lofoten Glass with my beautiful friend from years ago, so you'll be seeing some hotshop and nature porn up here soon too.

With Love, 

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.

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. 

I'm just not ready

One week left and I am just not ready to go home yet. I've been having an incredible time in Iceland, full of new friends and new experiences. I'm going to spend the next few precious days enjoying it to the fullest, so here are a quick few images of my adventures so far (insert Iceland porn). 

Oh, and did I mention: I had a show of only drawings! Who would have thought? More photos to come soon! 

Just a taste

I won't bore you with too much writing, but I will post a few photos to whet your curiosity. My first week in Iceland has been wonderful so far, complete with some aurora borealis sightings! What more could a girl ask for? I don't  have any photos of that, but I do have other beautiful tableaux including some in progress shots of my recent crystal casting that will be part of a piece for the museum later this year. I hope you enjoy!

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!

Rainy Day Musings

I won’t lie to you; I don’t really like rain.  Or maybe that is an understatement. I don’t like the rain at all, as necessary as it is. I know it sounds blasphemous to say still so early in “summer” but I would trade the rain for snow any day, although I am sure the rest of Alberta might have something  different to say about it. All this rain has however been a good motivator to get photo editing done from my residencies earlier this year.  Photo editing and reminiscing. 

With the help of my awesome friend and computer guru Danna Lei (seriously: I cannot thank you enough for your expert level computer-ing), I have finally finished the documentation of Distance Measured by Time, Time Measured by Distance. This is a piece that I worked on throughout the entire residency period at Listhus in Iceland. It consisted of 27 slip cast plaster lamb hearts, each with a love letter rolled up inside. Every morning I would write a letter, cast a heart and hang it on the wall. At the end of the residency I took every plaster ‘message in a bottle’ and let them out to sea knowing fully that the plaster would disintegrate, the paper would deteriorate and the messages would never be delivered. The video and photographs exist as documentation of the 27 day performance.  Big thank you to Hólmfríður Arngrímsdóttir for the materials and studio time for this project!

I worked quite a bit with lamb hearts and mold making while I was in Iceland for conceptual and aesthetic reasons (and maybe because I just really like touching raw hearts). Anatomical hearts, specifically lamb and pig, are a reoccurring theme in some of my glass work and an interest I will definitely pursue further. For the performance Salt, I cast hearts of ice with a fishing hook frozen into them. I took my rod, hook and ‘bait’ and climbed to some secluded cliffs where I went fishing. The performance lasted as long as the ice did. Eventually the heart of ice was melted by the cold sea water, exposing the bare hook in the hopes of catching something. The video (coming soon to a computer near you!) acts as documentation of the performance, with sound editing by Bethany Younge.

In the hopes of keeping this post at a reasonable length (who am I kidding, I’m sure it’s reading as “art art art, blah ,art...), the last piece I will post is DIY Guide to Being Here. It involved northern lights projected through colored filters along the wall of the gallery with a horizontal wire sculpture below. Viewers were invited to interact with and create the piece by using hiking poles with flashlights that would project mountains onto the wall through the wire below.

I have a few more ongoing projects that I will post next time, along with my work from Finland. Here is some gloomy day music to groove to in the mean time. Thanks for having a look and a read and I hope to see you down at Studio Phi this Friday for the Black & White show. There will be a sweetC design original in the show, come in and say hi!

My First Week In Iceland

My first week has been interesting to say the least. Everything is new and exciting but slow moving and idyllic at the same time. Icelanders, for the most part, seem to keep to themselves and although the town sign boasts a population of 850, I am sure that I have not seem more than fifty people since my arrival. I’m torn between wanting to stay in my studio and make loads of work, and wanting to let things happen organically while leisurely taking in the splendor of my surroundings. I have been making, as well as exploring and, you got it, elf hunting (the latter has been the least successful) everyday.

I am finding it challenging to step out from my material safety zone and have been constantly repressing the desire to make things out of glass, not that it is possible here. Perhaps I will save those ideas for when I return, and in the meanwhile I have been trying hard to revert back to making things in a material that supports the concept and aesthetic outcome of the piece.

I have been working mostly with photography and objects and materials that are abundant in Olafsfjordur; ice, stone, and fishing accoutrement. So far most of my experiments and ideas have revolved around my emotional state at this part of the journey, although every time I look out the window or go exploring I can’t help but be inspired by the sights, sounds and smells. There is something so breathtakingly poetic about the dark angry seas, black cliffs and white mountains.

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do and take a moment to listen to the link above. Some of them have been taken through transparent colored filters that I brought with me…… perhaps more about that in my next post along with some sculptural and installation models ( I have something special planned for the location in the last photo). I will update some works in progress soon........ stay inspired.   


Listhús í Fjallabyggðis in Ólafsfjördur

After nearly twenty four hours of travel I am happy to have finally arrived in Ólafsfjördur (albeit a little jet lagged). Everything that I've heard about Iceland it true. It's spectacular. The landscape is like something out of a dream, changing from rocky plains to rolling hills to snow covered mountains that meet the sea and back again all within a blink of the eye.

Everyone here is so kind. I spent the day outdoors, hiking and foraging hunter-gatherer style. It is a balmy -1C, which is a pleasure compared to the deep freeze Calgary was in before I left. I'm not yet sure where the paths will take me or what the objects I find will tell me. Right now I am leaving everything open. I have only the things I find outdoors and left over artist supplies at the residence to work with. This is both challenging and curiously liberating. My work has been, dare I say quite complicated with glass as of late and this residency will push me to break my glass shell (insert giggle) and respond spontaneously to my emotions, thoughts and surroundings.

I leave you with some photos of my day. I would like to say thank you again to Listhús í Fjallabyggðis, the City of Calgary and the Calgary Arts Development for investing in this crazy plan of mine. Dream big.