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Carrie Paterson

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Strange_attractor_adj_copy
Strange Attractor, 2008 Borosilicate Glass With Stainless Steel and Acrylic Base 9-layer Perfume Bottle © Carrie Paterson, patent pending
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Strange Attractor, illustrated project reference, 2008 Soft Cover Book - 5.5 X 5.5 Inches, Image Circa 17th Century, From DVD "maps of the Heavens" - the Chicago Field Museum
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Distillation bottles for single perfumes (model of carbon atom), 2008 Borosilicate Glass 4 X 4 X 5 Inches
Batches
Strange Attractor, process documentation, 2008
Test_strips
Strange Attractor, process documentation, 2008
Drawings
Strange Attractor, process documentation, 2008
Chromatography
No. 3 - Phase I, 2008 , Drafting Pencils With Fragrant Oils and Dyes on Watercolor Paper 5.5 X 8.5 Inches
Book
Strange Attractor, process documentation, 2008
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Pest Control: Chenopodium Ambrosiode, 2008 Drafting Pencils With Fragrant Oil on Watercolor Paper 30 X 22 Inches
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My Country, Oh My Country (from Gusev Crater to the Meridiani Planum), 2007
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installation shot - My Country, Oh My Country (from Gusev Crater to the Meridiani Planum), 2007 Video Projection on Aqua Resin Screens
Heinlein
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein, edited by One Small Girl with Hope for the World, 2007-8 Soft Cover Book
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from the postcard series "Learn to See the Moon in Color", 2007-8 Postcards and Double-sided Lightboxes
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from the postcard series "Learn to See the Moon in Color", 2007-8 Postcards and Double-sided Lightboxes
Jerusalem
from the postcard series "Learn to See the Moon in Color", 2007-8 Postcards and Double-sided Lightboxes
Mars_diaries
from the Mars Diaries (performance filmed inside Michael Heizer's Double Negative), 2007 Video Projection
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Several Attempts to Make the Images of the Moon and Mars By Landing on Them, 2006 Performance, Video
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Several Attempts to Make the Images of the Moon and Mars By Landing on Them, 2006 Performance, Video
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Several Attempts to Make the Images of the Moon and Mars By Landing on Them, 2006 Performance, Video
Quick Facts
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Schools
UCI, 2001, MFA
Yale University, 1994, B.A. Literature
Tags
sculpture, text, performance, invention, interdisciplinary, conceptual
Statement

Carrie Paterson is an artist and writer based in Los Angeles. Her work is interdisciplinary: object making, performance, drawing, video, research, installation, invention, and text. Paterson has published criticism, fiction, art reviews and catalog essays in a variety of art and culture publications including Flash Art, X-TRA, Art Circles, Shifter and NY Arts Magazine. She teaches at Cal State Fullerton in the art department's graduate studies program and gives undergraduate classes on graphic novels, comics and avatars.

Since 2003 I have been researching the science and discourse informing explorations of outer space. I see my subject matter through a feminist lens. The increasing militarization of space, the neo-colonial quest for extra-planetary resources, and the metaphors that simultaneously code the feminine and outer space as sublime make outer space a location in culture where gender, fiction, and politics are intertwined and codetermined. It interests me as a unique location to represent "crisis," build critical models and stage elements of our subconscious fantasies through phenomenological events and participatory installations. Particularly in focus for me is the collective desperation - as well as libidinous longing - for freedom from the body, materiality and consequence that accompany the 21st century Space Age.