Artist member since 2020
Carrie Chisholm, AOCAD, MFA is an award-winning artist/designer and communications professional who draws inspiration from her engagement with arts and culture communities and institutions at home and abroad.
Carrie methodically devotes her time to her mixed media art practice, interspersing and combining drawing, painting, sculpture and installation) applications. She is particularly fascinated with the optical affects and illusions generated by the elements of line, colour and light such as ornamentation, pattern, transparency, shadow-casting and reflection.
She has built her practice on reinterpreting designer product photography, exploring the tension between desire and fulfillment through warped depictions of opulent objects. The photography encounters a botched developing at the hands of blind contour drawing and layers of paint, shattering the intended perspective, resulting in a no less alluring, radically altered view.
She is interested the concept of prestige as both an illusion or conjuring trick as generated in the world of high fashion to elevate the banal into the extraordinary, and the powerful lure of lifestyle, the pursuit of happiness that can result from such illusions, promising personal betterment through acquisition.
'Cause there's beauty in the breakdown.' - Imogen Heap
What do you listen to when you work?
I'm currently listening to a good amount of retro 80's, particularly music in the New Wave and New Romantic sub-genres.
Coffees per day and from where
I try to never exceed one in the morning. I enjoy Propeller Coffee, when I can get my hands on it.
When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...
Marketing Manager at a local exhibition design firm, striving to find the balance between my day job and my practice.
What artists do you admire right now?
Like many in the city, I thoroughly enjoyed the Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires exhibit at the AGO a few years ago. I'm an enduring fan of Janet Cardiff, whose 'Forty-Part Motet' is one of my all time favourite works. For a more local flavour, I am also a fan of the work of my friend Dorian FitzGerald, who is represented by Clint Roenisch.
When did you start making art, and why?
I've been making art for as long as I can remember. I still have 2 separate portraits of my parents I created when I was 3 1/2 years old. My expressionist style and energetic line work hasn't evolved too far beyond that effort. I make art because I find it both inspiring and meditative.
What places do you hang out in Toronto?
During the pandemic I have spent much time taking walks in my neighbourhood of Wallace-Emerson, along Gehry Avenue and Dupont Street (where my studio is located). I enjoy the grit and industriousness of the local creative businesses. For a little more greenery, I walk further east around the grounds of Casa Loma, Wychwood Park and the Artscape Barns. It's a very livable part of the city that feels slightly less congested than many other centrally-located neighbourhoods.
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