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About Phoebe Washburn

Repurposing manufacturing materials like wood and cardboard, Phoebe Washburn builds large installations that transform gallery spaces into engrossing architectural experiences. For one piece she used cast-off wood to construct a tunnel through which visitors could walk and discover aquariums, plants, and a fish pond, while for an installation at the Deutsche Guggenheim she constructed a sod factory in a gallery space. Though her works suggest a preoccupation with economic and environmental issues, the artist says it is greed that drives her desire to collect discarded materials. Washburn has recently turned to smaller, less site-specific work, using the materials from her larger installations to create mixed-media pieces like Skills Learned From My Hippie Orthodontist (2011), a collection of rocks mounted on a folding chair.

American, b. 1973, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York

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2003
True, False, and Slightly Better, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston