I work through assemblaged sculptures and installations, performance and writing to overlay complications of human relationships to land, self, and other. I wonder how empathy may exist between beings that occupy different categories, whether place, person or thing. I am searching for sites that can be inhabited by vulnerability and empathy as strategies for making knowledge and as acts of resistance to toxic normative ideologies.

My practice is based in intuitive body phenomena and research spanning exercises of daily living that magnify the potential possibilities for ecological care. Responding to direct environment, social exchange, and the personal political, I emphasize artificial boundaries so I may begin opening up instead and make radically new connections.

Born and raised as an artist in the wide berths of the Midwest plains, I forage for earthly knowledge, exploring concepts as varied as the effects of western expansion on femme people and the speculative potentials of changing temperature zones on native species. I am continuously attempting to regenerate my bond with space and earth through a whimsical and pragmatic practice. What happens when we stop alienating ourselves from the chaotic natural processes of the world we experience and instead collaborate with those systems? 

A 2017 MFA graduate of University of Pennsylvania, carlson was born in Nebraska and currently works in Albuquerque, NM. carlson is a 2017 Kimmel Harding Nelson resident and upcoming 2018 resident at Vermont Studio Center. carlson was an inaugural resident at Feminist Summer Camp in 2016 and a Union for Contemporary Art 2014 fellow.  carlson holds a BFA in Art History and Studio Art from Creighton University and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the United States. carlson has held positions at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Nebraska.

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