Carrie Fertig

  • Artist

I am an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, sound, and installation. I use performance as part of a practice to make compelling soundscapes, and safe situations and environments inviting introspection from viewers and participants. I often use glass for its sonic, encapsulating, and transparent qualities. Live performances can include the making and/or destruction of objects. Using my body to act upon objects that I have often made, can emit trance-like sounds. These actions can also catalyse cacophony when objects are destroyed, but in that destructive action, there is space for transcendence.

Much of my practice is collaborative and projects like the live performance Torcher Chamber Arkestra combine fire, music, sound, and electronics and are collaborative not only between the performers, but with the audience as well. Projects such as Forgiveness, are not only interactive, but often closely collaborate with supported groups.

Much of my work is an exploration of difficult and uncomfortable aspects of being human: dying and forgiveness. I try to make work that is emotionally and spiritually useful, and sometimes, just pure joy, as in the case of Le Sirenuse.