SCULPT 650 001, 2 weeks, 3 credit hours, Lab Fee $100
In this sculpture and installation course students will have the opportunity to contextualize their practice in the surrounding landscape of Ox-Bow using the concept of “rewilding” as their springboard. An abstract examination of the psychological and ecological implications of rewilding habitats and reversing human domestication will lead to the consideration of engineered environments, artificial interventions and ultimately, using uncertainty as a tool for making art. Morning meetings will be devoted to readings, discussions, and presentations. Students will develop their ideas, experiment with materials, and determine their sites for the first half of the course in preparation for creating and presenting their final project during the second half.
Heather Mekkelson is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Born in New York and raised in dozens of East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern locations, she is currently based in Chicago. Mekkelson earned her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA from SAIC. She has had several solo exhibitions in Chicago galleries, most recently at 65GRAND in 2014. Her work has been exhibited in group shows in galleries and institutions nationally and has been featured in Art Journal, Art21 Magazine, Artforum.com, Artnet, Flavorpill, Hyperallergic, Newcity, Time Out Chicago, and others. She has been the recipient of several fellowships and grants including the 2012 Artadia Award. Mekkelson is represented by 65GRAND.