Carrie Mae Rose builds wings out of collected and found agave leaves. She believes we humans are 1/2 animal and 1/2 angel. The wings represent a personal healing transformation of our more spiritual parts, a release and expansion beyond trauma, fear and protection.
Rose began working with the Arizona desert-grown agave plant in the 2000 while living in Prescott. The agave maintains a tender sweet center within its beautiful radial structure of barbed and pointed stalks that protect it from nectar and water seeking animals. When approaching the agave plant, one must be aware and respectful of this natural armor. Similarly, we each need love and touch yet also respect and honor. As a child she lacked the ability to protect herself and did not learn how to allow others treat her with reverence. Her nectar, her center, continued to be handled indiscriminately. Her struggle to strike this delicate balance of vulnerability and safety inspired the first body of work, Agave Armor. Much of her animal parts were explored and healed after she spent a decade diving into an intensive meditation practice while living in NYC getting her MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons.
Two years ago she returned to the desert and has creatively landed in Jerome, Arizona. She has a Solar Species Studio that researches meditation states with sensors and she is developing her Lady Mae Lab / Label of kevlar chastity belts for her Wearable Weapons series. She has shown her work in many galleries and museums nationally and internationally. You can currently see some of her winged work at the Village Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. Rose would also love to build more permanent sculptural commissions of large-scale agave wings for private collectors and businesses.
2010 M.F.A. in Design & Technology, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
2002 Bachelor of Arts, Prescott College, Prescott, AZ (aka Carrie Mae Kreyche)
FELLOWSHIPS / RESIDENCIES
2012-2013 Computational Fashion Fellow at Eyebeam in collaboration with scientist/battery expert Dr. Dan Steingart of Princeton University. Wrote grant that funded Computational Fashion Program at Eyebeam. 175k grant disbursed over 2 years, 2012 - 2014, from Rockefeller NYC Cultural Innovation Fund that bridged Silicon Alley and Garment District. Included multiple collaborations, exhibitions, workshops, presentations, and book launch.
2011-2012 Six month Eyebeam Residency for Violet Wand Collar project in Chelsea, NY, NY
2009 Watermill Center Residency. Butoh performer in Steven Vega's short film at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center
COLLABORATIONS / WORKSHOPS / INTERNSHIPS
2015 Future Fossils event with Artbeat, Gild Hall and Hanoux in NY, NY
2014 Collaboration with Mars Without Borders (MWOB) and donations from Hanoux for hand-built custom Computational Couture garment for analog astronaut simulation at Mars Desert Research Station in Utah Dec 13th - Dec 29th, 2014.
2013 Between the Door and The Street: A Performance Initiated by Suzanne Lacy Brooklyn Museum & Creative Time, moderated by Jasmine Wahi Contemporary. Participated in performance as conversationalist.
2013 NY Hall of Science Workshop Assistant to build a solar recharging device for usb connected devices.
2009 Eli Klein Fine Arts, Fine Art Gallery Intern.
2008 Invited guest to participate in Future Families Together Workshop at MoMA in conjunction with the exhibition Design & the Elastic Mind.
2016 “Computational Couture” at Parsons Y4 Labs NY, NY
2016 “Angels and Astronauts” for the Opening the Creative Body Course, Prescott College, Prescott, AZ
2015 “Angels and Astronauts,“ Graduate Fine Arts Satellite Lecture Series, California College of Art (CCA), San Francisco, CA
2014 “Carrie Mae Rose, Wearable Weapons” at LISA (Leaders in Software and Art) Monthly Salon, LED LAB, TriBeCa, NYC, NY
2014 “Computational Fashion” at Women in Art and Technology event with Amelia Marzac at A.I.R.Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 “Carrie Mae Rose on Wearable Weapons,” NYU POLY TECH MAGNET Lecture Hall Series, NYU, NY, NY
2013 “Wearable Weapons” at The Very First Year at Eyebeam Art & Technology, NY, NY
2013 “Carrie Mae Rose - Evolution of an Artist” at MFA in Design & Technology Bootcamp, Parsons, NY, NY
2013 “Computational Fashion” Keynote Speaker on Fashion & Science for STEM Day for Teens, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex, NY, NY
2013 “Eyebeam Chats: Residents and Fellows in Conversation” a panel discussion about Bodies and Technology, Chelsea NY, NY
2009 “Agave Armor Project,” Open Hack Day, IgniteNYC, Hudson Theater, NY, NY
2014 Artist Spotlight: Carrie Mae Rose ~ interview on soundwall.co
2013 MakerBot Stories Interview - Carrie Mae Rose on MakerBot Blog
2013 Video Interviews with Computational Fashion Fellows: Carrie Mae Rose & Kaho Abe - Eyebeam Art & Tech Center
2012 The Sublime and the Vulnerable - The Art of Carrie Mae Rose ~ Interview by Zoe Romano for Digicult Magazine
2011 Radio Interview: Break Through Radio - Art Uncovered ~ Interview by Thomas Seely
SOLO / TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2018 Two Large Agave Wing Installations, Agave Heritage Festiva,l proposed at Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum and the Hotel Congress, Tucson, AZ.
2017 Large Agave Wing Installation, Agave Heritage Festival, Hotel Congress, Tucson, AZ
2016 Agave Wing Installation, Cottonwood, AZ
2015 Carrie Mae Rose, ( ) blank by Wallplay NY, NY
2013 Light As A Feather, BODYCROWNS: Poetic Models of Future Garments for Space Emigration, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, NY, NY
2012 Wearable Weapons, Hoop Study 005 (Rite of Passage), Window Gallery at Eyebeam, NY, NY
2007 Agave Armor for the 21st Century, Five15 Arts , Phoenix, AZ
2005 Leaping Point, Gallery Beyond Words, Prescott, AZ
2003 The Sacred and The Profane, Pangaea, Prescott, AZ
2002 Impeccable Assumptions, B.A. Thesis Show, The Chapel, Prescott, AZ
2001 Reclamation, Shoestring Gallery, Prescott, AZ
2017 Building Puentes Across Naciones, Museo de Arte de Nogales, Nogales, Mexico
2016 Gateway Project Space, Bacchanal Newark, NJ
2015 Future Fossils, Artbeat & Gild Hall, NY, NY
2014 Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience, Gallery 151 ~ NY, NY
2014 POLISH, Rox Gallery, Lower East Side NY, NY
2014 Ultra/Sensory on Womanorial, Curated online by Lilia Kudelia, World Wide Web
2014 Eyebeam Annual Showcase Exhibit, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Chelsea, NY, NY
2013 Least Orthodox Goddess, Gallery 151, Chelsea NY, NY
2013 Eyebeam Annual Showcase Exhibit, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Chelsea, NY, NY
2011 Piece of Mind, F.I.T. Show, Chelsea, NY, NY
2010 BETA Spaces, Surreal Estate Arts Collective, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Merve Unsal's Online Airports Project, NY, NY
2009 Parsons Thesis Exhibit, New York, NY
2007 99$ Show, Five15 Arts , Phoenix, AZ
2006 Fiber Arts Showcase, Gallery 107, Winslow, AZ
2005 Shift Show, Gallery Beyond Words, Prescott, AZ
2003 Raku Gallery, Jerome, AZ
PRESS / PUBLICATIONS
2015 Metalsmith, The Art of Disarming by Kim Cridler, pages 26-34, full image on page 31
2015 Computational Fashion: Topics in fashion and wearable technology, opposite contents & pp. 68-73
2013 This Week in Art Must-See Art Events: Light As A Feather Art F City, Paddy Johnson
2013 Eyebeam Residencies Redux Digital Art & Innovation
2013 The Least Orthodox Goddess by White Wall Magazine
2013 Gallery 151 and The Least Orthodox Goddess by Lori Forbus for LA Blog
2013 Picture This: The Goddess Kicks Ass by Oscar Laluyan for Artfuse
2013 Welcome to the Third Wave of Wearable Technology by Lieu Thi Pham for Smart Planet
2013 Here's a Preview of a Year at Eyebeam by Whitney Kimball in the L Magazine
2012 Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010, MIT Press, featured on page 272.
2011 Wearable Weapons on whokilledbambi.co.uk
2011 Examining the Culture of Militarization by Jennifer on Electric Foxy
2011 Scissor Sculptures: Carrie Mae Rose on ffffound.com
2011 Break Through Radio - Art Uncovered by Thomas Seely
2010 Red-Handed, re: D Parsons Alumni Magazine, online article
2001 Raw Witness, (60 page Art Book) Prescott, AZ, Self-Published.
ASCENSION ~ INSTALLATION AT EYEBEAM IN COLLABORATION WITH WILL POWER STUDIOS 2013
INTERVIEW AT EYEBEAM 2013
SPEAKER AT MICROSOFT SOCIAL COMPUTING SYMPOSIUM 2012