Search

Workshop | Surreal Estate | Carissa Carman

Updated: May 27, 2021

July 27, 2015 - July 29, 2015

Monday July 27, 7pm – 10pm Tuesday July 28, 11am – 5pm Wednesday July 29, 11am – 5pm


7 Lorne Street


Surreal Estate is a pop-up workshop for fabricating a series of portable objects constructed for fantastical appropriated living in new sites. Surreal Estate collects and makes sense of these adaptations as utilitarian data and objects describing the future of discovery.


Surreal Estate will include adaptive works and an accompanying expedition revisioned as a “Tour.” The space will be open to the public for a collaborative production of miniature editions. Site Listings will be released during the week of the festival.


My approach suggests possible links between surface and form that comes alive through narrative. These objects are constructed and montaged to generate structures and systems which question the reference for translocation and circumstance. My research aims at reflecting on the relationship between site and narrative, time and discovery.

I investigate the potential hybridization of natural and synthetic materials. I am deeply invested in simple and well-crafted processes of portable construction that playfully combines colors, textures and pattern. I manipulate these materials to create forms by sewing, pattern drafting, painting, cutting, printing and collage, photocopy, folding and building.


The installation includes the archive and activation of Land art quilts, fabricated tools, landscape maps, inflatables and wearables that transform as events shift in the narrative of discovery.


Originally from California, Carman earned her BA from the University of California Chico (2001) and her MFA in Fibres at Concordia University, Montreal (2012). From 2003-2009 she was based in New York City, where she received residencies and grants from Women’s Studio Workshop, Andy Warhol Foundation, New York Foundation of the Arts, New York Council of the Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has presented in New York City, Seattle, Florida, Montreal, Sackville, Indiana, Cuba, Italy, and France. She currently is a Lecturer at Indiana University Bloomington in Fine Arts Textiles.