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Saya Woolfalk

2013 Open Studio Fellowship Artists

17768 Tigerlily

7’11” x 21’ 8” x 19’2”
Fabricated Steel, Painted

Artist Statement
My work considers the idea that symbolic and ideological systems can be activated and re-imagined through collaboration, imaginative play and masquerade. To effect this re-imagining objects, bodies, and landscapes are constructed to immerse us in the logic of another place.
In many ways my works become the repository of the dreams and ideas of the many people who participate in producing and imagining the contours of the works. In the tradition of the fable or folk story, I map the desires and ideas of people to create narratives that attempt to be relevant to a contemporary audience.

Saya Woolfalk

Born: 1979, Gifu City, Japan
Currently Resides: Brooklyn, NY

• MFA, University of Minnesota, 1995
• BA, Bethel College, 1991

Selected Exhibitions
• Saya Woolfalk, Chrysler Museum of Art, 2014
• The Empathics, Montclaire Art Museum, 2012
• Paradise Imagined, MCA Chicago, 2004

Selected Collections
• Studio Museum in Harlem
• JP Morgan Chase
• Deutch Bank

Selected Awards
• NYFA Fellowship, Cross-Disciplinary/Performance, 2007
• Fulbright Fellowship, 2005
• Art Matters Grant, 2007

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