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Torkwase Dyson

2014 FSP/Jerome Fellowship Artist

Site on Sight

12’ x 8’ x 12’
Wood, Plexi

Artist Statement
I merge ideas of site, clean energy, architecture, and natural resources under the rubric of environmentalism to explore identity formations. Through a collaboration of these ideas my work emphasizes contemporary climate change as an issue transforming the bodie’s relationship to language, materiality, geography and belonging. As this transformation shapes new ambiguity and ecosystems, I discover abstract compositions that synthesize the past and future into a visceral experience of the now. My work offers poetic moments where the meaning of self is investigated from the certainty of environmental change.

Torkwase Dyson

Born Chicago, IL, US, 1973
Resides Currently resides in New York, NY

• MFA, 2003, Yale University, New Haven, CT
• BFA, 1999, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA BA, 1996, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS

Selected Exhibitions
• We Glow in The Dark II, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
• Africa Extended, United Nations, New York, NY, 2011
• SSZ, Dorchester Projects, Chicago, IL, 2012

Selected Awards
• Eye Beam on the Move, New York, 2014
• Cultural Push, Fellowship for Utopian Practice, New York, 2014
• Brooklyn Arts Council Community Fund Grant, New York, 2014

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