Artist Eepi Chaad’s CAMHLAB project, Soft Space, is an evolving fiber installation that celebrates the soft surfaces associated with the home. Much like a home, the space changes with each visitor’s energy. Visitors are invited to learn about surface design, take part in the process of making, and engage with the transformed space created out of the textile squares we are all familiar with–handkerchiefs, bandanas, scarfs, afghans, throws, and security blankets. Soft Space provides a safe and welcoming space for visitors to create, heal, and connect with one another through a communal project. The project is on view at Montrose Collective through Saturday, January 29, 2022.
Throughout the duration of the residency, the installation and the experience of Soft Space will evolve and grow to create a soft environment that evokes a dreamlike sense of comfort, inspired by surfaces found in the home. Visitors are encouraged to physically explore the space and participate in the creation of small textile contributions to the evolving installation through weekly open studio hours.
Location and Accessibility
888 Westheimer Rd #159
Houston, Texas 77006
The gallery will be open every Saturday from 11AM–7PM for public open studios. Registration and vaccine verification will be required for workshops.
Open Studio Schedule
Soft Space is open to the public every Saturday from 11AM–7PM. Each week will provide different activities for visitors to engage with the installation and contribute to its evolution.
About the Artist
Eepi Chaad is a practicing multidisciplinary artist, advocate, and environmentalist who tells stories using textiles, fibers, metals, places, and people. Chaad’s work studies humanity’s evolving relationship to both natural and built environments. She believes art is for every community and creativity is in every human.
Chaad was selected as one of the first resident artists for the City of Houston by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs while working with an eco-art coastal preservation non-profit in Galveston, Texas. After taking a sabbatical for the residency with the City, Chaad took her current role as Director of Community Engagement at Art League Houston. Additionally, she currently serves as part of the team of facilitators for the Artist INC Houston program, on the board of PrintMatters, and on committees with the Houston Museum Educators Roundtable and Arts Connect Houston.
CAMHLAB is an ongoing artist-in-residence initiative that gives the Museum to artists and supports them working within, and in partnership with, CAMH to develop new work and ideas. Through both short-term residencies and long-term collaborations with artists, CAMHLAB offers critical and early-stage direct support of artists’ process and production of new work. CAMHLAB residencies seek to directly connect artists and audiences through unexpected and unforgettable experiences of contemporary art. Learn more about the program here.