Alberta Craft Council’s presents Bright Nights with Carissa Baktay
In conjunction with her exhibition Form(ed) at the Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary from May 6 – June 24, 2023. Carissa Baktay will speak about her recent body of sculptural work. Combining found objects with glass, hair and textile, the artist will elaborate on her use of symbol, language and gendered body in her performative artifacts and installations.
This exhibition was generously funded through The Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Thursday, May 11, 4th Floor Treehouse, cSPACE – Marda Loop, 1721 – 29 Avenue SW Calgary
Cash Bar Opens: 6:30 pm
Presentation: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Exhibition Tour of Form(ed) with Carissa at Alberta Craft Gallery: 8:30 – 9:00 pm
About the Artist:
Carissa Baktay is a multi-media sculptor, currently exploring glass, hair, textile and found materials. As an experienced glass maker she has earned degrees from Alberta University of the Arts, attended the Rhode Island School of Design with scholarship, and received her Masters’ from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Using experimental technologies and mediums combined with time honoured glass making methods, she has been invited to work in studios in Bulgaria, Norway, Finland and Portugal. Recently her work has been recognized with multiple grants from The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, SÍM, KÍM, and the Icelandic Design Fund.
Carissa Baktays’ process based practice is deeply connected to material and memory and by collecting and reimagining materials, she transforms their presence in space and presents a new poetic material understanding that shares the borders between art, craft and design. Ironic and playful, these mixed material sculptures come to life through intuitive process and intimate performative acts.