A recent Duke University graduate majoring in Religious Studies with a certificate in Documentary Studies, Carly “CJ” Mirabile uses three guiding principles to navigate her life personally, academically, and professionally: create, care, and connect.
C R E A T E
While at Duke, Carly could be found at the Arts Annex screen printing and photoshopping, attending almost every dance performance at Memorial Hall, and during the best time of year: participating in Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. This past year, her favorite documentaries included Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am and Hail Satan?.
For her creative endeavors, Carly focuses on storytelling to empower voices, especially female, that often go unheard. She is currently working on a documentary project exploring the effects of trauma on daily tasks, with hopes to illustrate the healing process visually.
C A R E
Carly recognizes the importance of how experience, culture, and setting affects an individual’s perspective. Carly first became more familiar with this concept through her role in a foster family, as living and working with children who experienced trauma taught her the value of patience and empathy. Growing up in Oklahoma, Carly is all too familiar with the practice tornado sirens marking noon every Saturday and has the ability to tell whether to expect hail by the color of the morning sky. Upon attending Duke, however, she quickly discovered the novelty of her region’s “normal.” As result, for Carly, caring means acknowledging that no one ever has access to the full extent of another’s background, which requires not only recognition but understanding and practice.
C O N N E C T
Carly draws on a diverse background of studies and experience, ranging from dance, theater, fashion, visual art, marketing, mixed media, and documentary mediums to both inform her work and create a more nuanced exploration of visual media and the human experience. Carly's appreciation of human connection led her to a Religious Studies major, which has enhanced her ability to form connections across cultures and backgrounds while also furthering her passion for creating common spaces of understanding and learning. She aims to explore how art and forms of expression complicate the distinctions between the sacred and profane, the secular and the spiritual. In fact, Carly recently completed an Honors Thesis in Religious Studies exploring how Beyoncé’s 2017 Grammy Performance embodies the significance of icons and the cultural work they do, educating audiences through emotional response — earning High Distinction from her department.
Carly aims to combine her interests in connecting people and forming creative and caring solutions through a career in event planning and experience design.
For inquiries about her work or for possible collaborations, see her contact page.