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Phoebe Washburn

Untitled (pencil shavings), 2003

C-print
32 × 26 in
81.3 × 66 cm
location
New York
About the work
Phoebe Washburn
American, b. 1973
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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.

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About the work
Phoebe Washburn
American, b. 1973
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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.

Phoebe Washburn

Untitled (pencil shavings), 2003

C-print
32 × 26 in
81.3 × 66 cm
location
New York
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