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‘Regarding the Discarded’: OCU Artist in Residence Plans Community Installation

“Coming Together Falling Apart”
“Coming Together Falling Apart”

Oklahoma City University Artist in Residence Carrie Dickason will be working with students and the public to create a site-specific installation between Sept. 15 and Oct. 17 at OCU’s Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery. During the month-long project, Dickason and collaborators will weave locally scavenged and collected materials into a large, suspended, sculptural tapestry.

Individuals are invited to bring materials they have found or collected to be incorporated into the project. Dickason will host two free sessions, open to the public, at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 and 10.

The project will include fundamental textile processes and explore the interconnectivity between consumerism and ecological systems.

“The resulting installation will reflect the shared efforts of students and the local community,” Dickason said.

“My work is a mediation on consumerism, desire and excess. It is a physical record of the material culture overloading an ever-crowded, overly manufactured world,” she added. “I’m driven by a curiosity about material culture, and an interest in systems of growth and decay that exist within nature.”

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. Her studio is based in Tulsa where she is part of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. She holds an MFA in fiber and a BFA in textiles. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

To register for the Oct. 3 or Oct. 10 session, email hklunsford@okcu.edu.