Artist Felecia Chizuko Carlisle has converted USFCAM’s outdoor space into Past, The Oasis (2012). The outdoor installation features various native, and non-native plants, a poetic audio track to compliment the space, and lots of mulch. Past, The Oasis was created specifically for USFCAM to fit the outdoor entry area in front of the building.
As you walk up the sidewalk to see the exhibition, you may feel as though you’ve stepped onto a man-made tropical island. The organic shapes and colors of nature (philodendrons, bromeliads, dracaenas) contrast the architecture – the man-made hard lines of the museum building. The installation reminds viewers of a place where they might release their mind from our mundane daily life; a space where enlightenment and spiritual transformation is possible.
In addition to Past, The Oasis, Carlisle has also created a new HD video installation for In Residence. This new piece, entitled Island Song, 2012 was inspired by a work of the same name from performance artist Charlemagne Palestine. In Island Song, 1976, Palestine rode a motorcycle around the island of St. Pierre, recording what he saw and what he heard, while chanting along the sounds of the engine and sea. His journey ends at a pile of rocks.
If you’d like to see the work, check out the video below. Watch a minute or two, or catch every second of the nearly two hour trip around the island. “OK!”
Charlemagne Palestine Island Song (1976)
Carlisle adapted Palestine’s video concept and translated into an urban environment – Miami, FL. She attached two cameras to her body – one in front and one behind – and rode through the gritty streets of Miami on her usual route from home to work. Her cameras capture, power lines, graffiti, blue skies, and diving birds. The wind and sounds of the Miami city streets deliver the soundtrack, and visuals from two perspectives – coming and going – were recorded in high-definition which contrast Palestine’s grainy 1976 video. In the end, Carlisle’s work is a personal commentary on her life in Florida and her current situation in Miami, where she is part of a larger, active community.
More About Felecia Chizuko Carlisle
Felecia Chizuko Carlisle has exhibited in Florida galleries, museums, and public spaces, including Dorsch Gallery, Dimensions Variable (Miami), Locust Projects (Miami), the Deering Estate at Cutler (Miami), The Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, FL), and the Miami Art Museum. National and international venues for her work include Saltworks Gallery (Atlanta), the Golden Pudel Club: PudelKollection (Hamburg, Germany), and the MoabVideo Project, (Madrid, Spain). Carlisle received her MFA degree from the New Genres department at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006. She received her BFA from the University of West Florida summa cum laude. Her work is represented by Dorsch Gallery (Miami). She was born in Pensacola, FL.