May Wilson, ‘Knot 3’, 2017, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

May Wilson’s (Grad Fellow ’13–‘14, Affiliate ’14–‘16) work begins as a material exploration, using vinyl, industrial felt, nylon strapping, and concrete as primary materials. She typically works within a set of self-imposed limitations: economy of means, finite time, and flimsy fabric reacting to immense weight. The results of these time-based, three-dimensional sketches are abstracted figural constructions, forms that often contain a peculiar clumsy quality; they can be at once domineering characters and naïve objects. Wilson received her MFA from University of California, Davis. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including at di Rosa, Napa; Interface Gallery, Oakland; Aggregate Space, Oakland; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; and Bass and Reiner, San Francisco, among others. She was a 2017 finalist for SFMOMA’s SECA Art Award.
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