|Artwork created prior to residency|
Residency: February-March 2017
My artistic practice is driven by an inquiry into matters of place, history, and the construction of identity. My projects employ humor, performance, and collaboration in attempts to complicate and commemorate the past, and creatively engage the present. I integrate my conceptual inquiry with a deep relationship to materials and craftsmanship, and I reach out to audiences and participants beyond the boundaries of the art world. Public actions, as well as quieter acts of solo contemplation, provoke and explore a queer response to inherited American ideologies.
About the Artist
Gina Siepel (b. 1974, West Valley, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Greenfield, MA. Her work explores cultural understandings of nature, gender, and American history, through the production of objects and collaborative experiments in public spaces. Recent exhibitions include the DeCordova Museum, Colby Museum of Art, Marlboro College, Smith College, Flux Factory, and the A.P.E. Gallery, and she has been a contributing guest artist at Mildred’s Lane. She has received funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Northampton Arts Council, and a fellowship from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. She holds a BFA from the School of Art + Design at SUNY Purchase, an MFA from the Maine College of Art, and was a Zorach-Bingham Fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Gina has taught at Mount Holyoke College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.