The term “terra incognita” describes uncharted areas on a map, an unknowable and imagined landscape. In the series Terra Incognita, Meier constructs photographs that explore the interplay between abstraction and representation; works that teeter between the photograph itself—a material object—and a representational world that conjures imaginary depictions of unexplored places.
About Carissa Meier:
Born in Portland, OR, Carissa Meier is an artist currently based in Chicago, IL. She received a BFA from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA (2004) with concentrations in painting, photography and art history and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago (2017) Chicago, IL. Before moving to Chicago for graduate school, Meier focused on fusing photographic techniques with encaustic painting while living in Seattle, WA. Meier’s work explores materiality, reveling in the hybridization of processes including drawing and photographic methods.
In 2015 Meier founded SHIFT Queer Art & Literary Magazine to promote, foster, and build community for emerging queer artists in Seattle, WA. She recently co-curated the re:collection exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Her work is part of the permanent collection of Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA).