BIO

Carisse is a Filipina-American artist, born and raised in Greendale, Wisconsin. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Visual and Critical Studies program in three years. While at SAIC, Carisse undertook a summer studio residency at the Ballyvaughn College of Art in Ireland, where she exhibited a sculptural installation featuring organic scavenged materials from the countryside. Her travels took her to South Eastern China, where she studied global minority cultures over a span of ten different villages and cities across the country. These travels informed her bodies of work for “In Dreaming”. Carisse’s senior thesis, “Fun with Dick and Little Susie: the naming of Erogenous Zones,” an interdisciplinary exploration of American culture’s fascination with anthropomorphizing erogenous zones of the body, was presented at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing. This work is presently archived in the Flaxman Library of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Carisse worked as an Executive Assistant to the founder of Sacred Space International, working closely with the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions to organize architectural tours and coordinate community based events aimed at bringing together people from different walks of life and religious backgrounds. This continued to foster her fascination with different cultures and the histories behind the world's many traditions.

 

Her community work continued in Milwaukee, with her involvement with the Kinnickinnic Avenue Business Improvement District, where she partnered with local organizations to organize discussions around the future of development and community architecture, and jumpstarted service-learning partnership programs between Bay View businesses and the local high school to engage high risk youth and support their involvement and interests in the arts.

Carisse has participated in events in various locations in the Midwest, including but not limited to: Artnonymous, presented by the Milwaukee Public Art Museum; Open Canvas, presented by Good Knight, in Milwaukee, WI; Synapse Arts: 2012 New Works, held at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theatre in Chicago, IL; Modular 22, a traveling art exhibit commenced in Berwyn, IL; and Wandering, a female group exhibition held at Impala Gallery in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL.

 

Carisse currently resides in Los Angeles and, in addition to working on her art and music, enjoys spending time with her very closely knit family, partner, and dog, Freya.

EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

 

Group Exhibitions and Events:

 

ANONYMOUS

February, 2018

Presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum

"Unexpected"

Milwaukee, WI

RERUN: The Fifth Element

May, 2016

Presented by Neighborhood Theater Group

Times Cinema

"Falling"

Wauwatosa, WI

Bay View Gallery Night at the Avalon

September, 2015

Presented by the Avalon Theater

“Indigenous Filipino Folklore" Series

Milwaukee, WI

*Proceed benefits to MIAD scholarships and the Eisner Creative Foundation

FAAWIS Art Show

December, 2014

Presented by Filipino American Association of Wisconsin

Milwaukee Art Museum

“Indigenous Filipino Folklore" Series

Milwaukee, WI

*Proceed benefits to MIAD scholarships and the Eisner Creative Foundation

Open Canvas 2014

November, 2014

Presented by Good Knight, Pritzlaff Building

“Portrait of a Woman”

Acrylic on Canvas

Milwaukee, WI

*Proceed benefits to MIAD scholarships and the Eisner Creative Foundation

Typhoon Haiyan Relief: Sustainable Rebuilding Fundraiser

October, 2014

Rubicon Gallery

"In Dreaming" Series

Chicago, IL

*Auction to benefit Earthship Biotecture

Open Canvas 2013
November, 2013
Presented by Good Knight, Pritzlaff Building
“Safe Passage”
Acrylic on Canvas
Milwaukee, WI
*Proceed benefits to MIAD scholarships and the Eisner Creative Foundation

Production Assistant for ”Ayaba”
Directed and Choreographed by Ni’Ja Whitson
Featuring Ni’Ja Whitson, Boogie McClarin, Kenyatta Brock, Ebone Lewis
Featured in Synapse Arts: New Works, Produced by Rachel Damon
Hamlin Park Field House Theater
October 2012
Chicago, IL
Teaser trailer viewable: Ayaba
*Ayaba Photos by Courtney Rader, Courtesy of Synapse Arts

 

Modular 22
October, 2012
Gallery 22
“Anchored” and “Movement”
Charcoal and Gesso on Wood Panel
Berwyn, IL

Wandering
June, 2010
Impala Gallery
“Sacrosanct”

Painting; Oil on Canvas
Chicago, IL
 

Spring BFA Exhibition 2011

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Artist Book; Mixed Media

Peace and War
Chicago, IL

Summer Exhibition 2010
Burren College of Art
Sculptural Installation; Mixed Media
Untitled 2010
Co. Clare, Ireland

Art Bash 2009
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Sculptural Installation; Corrugated Plastic
Collaboration with Felicia Liu, Pierre Babbit and Sae Jun Kim
Untitled 2009
Chicago, IL