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The Petree College of Arts & Sciences at Oklahoma City University invites you to meet artist Carrie Dickason and help her create her installation for Oklahoma City University's Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery. Dickason will be working with students over the course of the month in weaving locally scavenged and collected materials into a large, suspended, sculptural tapestry called Regarding the Discarded.

Studio Art and Design Campus Visit Days are scheduled for:

October 3, 2019 from 1:45-6:00 p.m.
October 10, 2019 from 1:45-6:00 p.m.
Carrie Dickason

Meet Carrie Dickason

Carrie Dickason is a mixed-media artist whose experimental work is influenced by observations of nature, combined with interests in the constructed environment and consumer culture.

Over a decade of professional experiences working in textile and upholstery restoration inform her playful approach to materials and the cumulative development of site-specific installations and objects. Within her work is a curiosity in the tension between art and craft, where evidence of the hand is oftentimes left invisible by the object’s maker.

Carrie’s studio is currently based in Tulsa, OK, where she is part of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. She holds an MFA in Fiber, from Cranbrook Academy of Art; and BFA in Textiles, from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in public and private collections.

Artist Statement

My work is a meditation on consumerism, desire, and excess. It is a physical record of the material culture overloading an ever-crowded, overly manufactured world.

I’m driven by a curiosity about material culture, and an interest in systems of growth and decay that exist within Nature. The ephemeral qualities of the materials I use are a comment on the fragility and malleability of human lives and our environment. I’m interested in creating objects that seduce viewers through materiality and invite them to contemplate their ideas about consumption and disposal; nature and culture; attraction and repulsion.

Project Statement

Regarding the Discarded is a site-specific installation, evolving between September 15-October 17 at the Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery of Art. Over the course of the month-long project, Carrie Dickason will work and engage with students of OCU in weaving locally scavenged and collected materials into a large, suspended, sculptural tapestry.

Students are invited to bring materials they've found or collected, to be physically incorporated into the project. Weekly workshops will include fundamental textile processes that will be employed in the construction (and could be incorporated into student's own future works), as well as conversations about the interconnectivity between consumerism and ecological systems. The resulting installation will reflect the shared efforts of the students and community of Oklahoma City University.

Attend the Gallery Opening on Friday, October 18, from 5-7 p.m.

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  • Coming Together Falling Apart

    Coming Together Falling Apart by Carrie Dickason

  • Coming Together Falling Apart Close-up

    Coming Together Falling Apart Close-up