Charisse Pearlina Weston is a Brooklyn-based, Houston-born conceptual artist and writer. Her practice is grounded in a deep material investigation of poetics and the uses of the autobiographical, photography, glass, and installation in the service of black people. She has exhibited at notable national venues and galleries, including solo exhibitions at Project Row Houses and group exhibitions at Praz Delavallade in Los Angeles, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. She has participated in various residencies, including SOMA (Mexico City), Pilchuck Glass School, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, among others.
She has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships from notable, national foundations and organizations, including individual artist grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Santo Foundation, the Sally Hands Foundation, Artadia Fund For the Arts (Houston 2015), the Glass Association of Los Angeles, and the Dallas Museum of Art’s Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund. She was also a 2016 Southern Constellations Fellow at the Elsewhere Museum in North Carolina and recipient of the 2019 Dedalus Post-MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture. In addition, she is a recent nominee for the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s 2019 Painters & Sculptors Grant.
Her writing publications include Spook (2017), Art and Culture Texas (2015), Pomona Valley Review (2016), Not That But This (2018). She is the author of The Red Book of Houston: A Compendium for the New Black Metropolis (2015, self-published), A Vessel. A Case. A Fruit, for Touching (2016, self-published chapbook), and co-author of Fantasy Objects: An Artist Book of Text and Images (2014, Onestar Press). She received her MFA in Art with Emphasis in Critical Theory from the University of California, Irvine, and is currently a participant in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program.