Artist Profile - Clarissa Callesen

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Clarissa Callesen

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2019 Grants for Artist Projects
Whatcom County

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Detail of Fertile Remnants II, site-specific installation in an abandoned military container, found objects, demolition debris, recycled textiles, gold leaf, duct tape, river rocks, 10’x8’x7’, Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Fertile Remnants I installation, found objects, recycled textiles, demolition debris, 15’x15’x12’, 2018, Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Fertile Remnants II, site-specific installation in an abandoned military container, found objects, demolition debris, recycled textiles, gold leaf, duct tape, river rocks, 10’x8’x7’, Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Perceived Value, vintage chandelier crystals, and horse manure, dimensions variable, Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Unbalanced Trails, installation, recycled bedsheets, rust, ash, 25’x10’x6’, 2018, Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Clarissa Callesen is a queer, feminist sculptor, and installation artist working with found objects, recycled textiles, and cultural detritus. Her work is inspired and informed by her choice of untraditional materials. In choosing this medium, it is her objective to explore the margins and to find beauty and value in that which our society has discarded. She has exhibited her art throughout Western Washington including solo exhibitions in Seattle, WA, Bellingham, WA, and Boise, ID. Callesen recently completed an installation for the Museum of Northwest Art. She is represented by i.e. Gallery in Edison, WA. She was an artist-in-residence at Playa Artist Program, Summer Lake, OR, Brush Creek Foundation, Saratoga, WY, Surel’s Place, Boise, ID, and North Street Collective, Willits, CA. She teaches mixed media art internationally and her work has appeared in the books Who’s your Dada? and Art without Waste.

Clarissa received a 2019 GAP award to fund the acquisition of photographic equipment to document her temporary site-specific installations. The installations are created from found objects and recycled textiles and explore our human connection to the everyday objects and our disposable culture. The equipment will allow her to explore a new medium and produce permanent evidence of temporal art.

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