Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack are artists collaborating to investigate the connections between ecology, industry, science and identity.
We met during our residency in Accessibility 2009 in Cleveland Tennessee where we were making public sculpture with reclaimed materials. Recognizing mutual interests in energy, technology and our environment, we began collaborating to create spaces with light, sound and sculpture.
Figg’s background in textiles, digital design, sculpture and installation overlap with McCormack’s background in blown glass, sculpture, sound and video. Together we solve the complex design and aesthetic challenges in our work while negotiating logistical requirements. We explore sustainability and energy production in our changing environment by making installations with sound and light. Our work transforms a familiar space into a place of discovery and awareness by combining relevant materials with personal dreamscapes, collective action, and a cultural understanding of ecology, creating a visible interplay between energy and expression.
Selected exhibitions and performances have been at The Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA, The Art House at the Jones Center in Austin, TX, Virginia MOCA in Virginia Beach, VA, Arlington Art Center in Arlington, VA, the Columbus Center for Science and Industry in Columbus, OH, The Print Center in Philadelphia, PA, the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH, the National Museum of Glass in Eskisehir, Turkey, the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, OH, Project4 Gallery in Washington, DC and the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference at the University of Michigan.
Selected residencies and awards include the Mesaros Visiting Artist at Kenyon College, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artist Residency, the MacDowell Colony artist residency, the School of Emerging Technologies Research Grant, the Great Lakes Colleges New Directions Initiative, the Franklin Park Conservatory Sculpture Grant, the Brython-Davis Research Fellowship and the University of California Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Visual, Performing & Media Arts Award.
Figg graduated with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA from University of California at Santa Barbara, and is working on a Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary Media, Art, and Text program at Virginia Commonwealth University. McCormack graduated with a BFA from the Ohio State University. Both are at Towson University, where Figg is an Assistant Professor of Art and McCormack is pursuing an Interdisciplinary MFA. They live in Baltimore, Maryland.
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