A public garden & cultural center

Saya Woolfalk

Winter Workspace 2015 

Pictured above:
ChimaTEK: Hybridization Machine, 2013
Mannequin, steel sculpture, video monitors and video, 8’ x 6’ x 3’
Courtesy of the artist


Saya Woolfalk approaches pressing contemporary issues such as genetic modifications, cultural identity and social organization through world-building. By creating a utopian environment, complete with its own logics and symbolic systems, she forces a reconsideration of this world. She collaborates with anthropologists, biologists and other scientific experts to lend heft and detail to her masquerade. Her current project extends her long-term ethnography of an invented cultural group: in the latest iteration, these plant-animal hybrids have transitioned from religious believers to corporate researchers. During her time at the Winter Workspace, she intends to use the gardens and greenhouses as a setting for the next installment of this alternate civilization.

Woolfalk recently had a solo exhibition in Smack Mellon, and has shown frequently in museums, such as the Montclair Art Museum, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA, and she is scheduled for a solo presentation in January 2015 at Leslie Tonkonow Gallery. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from Brown University. She has completed residencies at Headlands Center, Sausalito, CA; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; and at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Woolfalk has also studied at the Whitney Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. 

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.