Photo courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.
Meet 2017 SOAPBOX Featured Print Artist Saya Woolfalk. Be sure to check out her special edition print Untitled, 2017, available to order now.
What is your bio, in six words or less?
Passionate, Resilient, Intuitive, Respectful, Honest.
Please tell us about an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you.
Artist, Wangechi Mutu and Ethno-mathematician, Ron Eglash.
What’s your favorite sound, texture, or color?
My 6 year old daughters voice.
Who are you are in community with?
My family, fellow artists, teachers, parents, and the people I meet as I move through the world.
Can you tell us about your relationship with your neighborhood and how it may have shifted over the years?
I live in a building complex that is a neighborhood unto itself. The longer I live there, the more I can support and am supported by fellow parents, friends and neighbors.
What inspired you to support The Laundromat Project?
It is an incredible organization that brings art into the daily lives of so many people. I believe in the power of art in everyday life, and The Laundromat Project makes that real for so many people everyday.
Can you tell us a little bit about what inspires creative process?
Hard work, and a spark of interest that you just can not let go of.
Could you tell us a little bit about the print you’ve chosen for The LP edition and how you created the print?
The print is made from digital scans of hand painted collage elements, and a composite of facial features of a number of my close friends. I love to build hybrids, and used both analogue and digital technologies to create this work for The Laundromat Project.
Do you have any upcoming shows or exhibitions scheduled?
I currently have a show at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects and am working on a solo museum show for the Mead Art Museum in the Fall.
Free-association—tell us the first word that comes to mind:
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Saya Woolfalk (Japan, 1979) is a New York based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. With the multi year projects No Place, The Empathics, and ChimaTEK, Woolfalk has created the world of the Empathics, a fictional race of women who are able to alter their genetic make-up and fuse with plants. With each body of work, Woolfalk continues to build the narrative of these women’s lives, and questions the utopian possibilities of cultural hybridity.
She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Brooklyn Museum; Asian Art Museum, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Yerba Buena Center; The Newark Museum; Third Streaming; MCA San Diego; MoCA Taipei; and Performa 09; has been written about in the New Yorker, Sculpture Magazine, Artforum, Artforum.com, ARTNews, The New York Times, Huffington Post and on Art21’s blog; and has also worked with Facebook and WeTransfer. Her first solo museum show The Empathics was on view at the Montclair Art Museum in the Fall of 2012. Her second solo museum exhibition ChimaTEK Life Products was on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art in the fall 2014. She recently completed a new video installation commission for the Seattle Art Museum, and is a recipient of a NYFA grant in Digital/Electronic Arts. She is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, NYC and teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at Parsons: The New School for Design.