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Risa Puno

2014 Open Studio Fellowship Artists

Infinite Play

7’2” x 30’ x 23’6”
Painted Steel

Artist Statement
I make interactive sculptures and installations that put a playful twist on familiar pastimes and amusements. I like to think about the language of objects and spaces, and how the way we encounter them changes what we think and feel. By expressing my ideas through existing and recognizable formats, I hope to create a point of access that allows participants to tap into their own feelings of nostalgia, desire, competition, comfort, or even frustration.
The key to understanding my work is to physically engage with it — to use it, play it, touch it, and sometimes even smell or taste it. While I make every effort to craft objects that are beautiful and alluring, my main objective is to create evocative and memorable experiences for the people who use them. My art making decisions are guided by functionality; I strive to build things that work seamlessly and feel good in your hands. I
believe that if participants implicitly trust their interaction with an object, then they are
more open to accepting new ideas and forming new experiences.

Risa Puno

Born Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Resides Currently Resides in New York, New York, USA

• Brown University, BA, 2004
• New York University, MFA, 2006

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