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Martha Morimoto

Nominated by School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Drawn to the idea of infrastructure as a system, I explore materialism as a use of language in elevating the object’s frame of context. Incorporating the outside world into my practice, I access the infinite possibilities of composition and structure. My focus lies within sculpture and photographs, where the interaction between two-dimensional space and three-dimensional space form a sensory experience and encounter. Interested in the form of display through functionality, I create systems through the use of industrial and natural materials, along with selected objects, often found, to examine the act of producing through procedures. Found remnants of infrastructure are placed in a domestic setting creating a purgatory for the lost objects. In examining the process of selection, I push the boundaries of display through the figurative and literal forces of attraction.

I am a hoarder of shells, rocks, and objects. I have always been fascinated by the mechanics of objects; the way in which an object exists in a space and how it contributes to its surrounding. Every human-made object has been created to fit the needs for us. However, I believe in the potentiality of the objects themselves. In utilizing the objects form, I create scenarios in which the objects are given a purpose - a purpose that differs from what they were manufactured to be used for.

Image: Similar Opposites, 2016

Resident year: 
2017
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident