Zoe Greenham is a second year MFA Sculpture student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her BA in English literature from Wesleyan University in 2011. She also completed an honors thesis in Printmaking. She is originally from Sydney, Australia.

Personal Statement

In my art practice, I engage with questions about our contemporary understanding of materiality. I am interested in creating a visual language that resists understanding matter or material as a purely cultural phenomenon. My work prioritizes collection and the reuse of materials from everyday life including discarded paper waste, dried fruit and vegetable rinds, used saran wrap, urban sea glass and other found detritus. These gathered materials are transformed through blending, pulverizing, crushing and melting and then re-organized into new compositions. The reconstituted forms are textured and sensual to emphasize an energetic interwoven relationship between seemingly disparate materials. The forms also maintain an active subjectivity slipping somewhere in between the realm of human and non-human.


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Insitute.