A public garden & cultural center

Alisha Wessler

Winter Workspace 2015 

Pictured above:
Of Calcarious Sinter (object included in installation From Afar It Is an Island), 2013
Sodium chloride, resin and cardboard, 20” x 12” x 19”
Courtesy of the artist

Alisha Wessler uses the tropes of museum display to frame and present her sculptural work. Evoking the excavation pit, her objects suggest both natural growth processes and laborious hand-building. The eclectic sensibility of Early Modern cabinets of curiosities, which were filled with amulets, talismans and souvenirs, informs her project of reintroducing wonderment into the things large and small that we handle every day. During her time at Wave Hill she will collect plant waste in the hopes of transforming it into additions for her growing collection.  

Wessler has presented solo exhibitions at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor, MI, and at Container Corps in Portland, OR. Her practice includes the publication of artist books and curatorial projects as well. She holds an MFA in Art and Design and a Certificate in museum studies from the University of Michigan, as well as a BFA in fiber and material studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 

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