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Summer McCorkle

Winter Workspace 2017

Pictured above:
Untitled still from Finland, 2016
Film still
Courtesy of the artist


Summer McCorkle is a multimedia artist who uses the still and moving image to channel the invisible and to play with perception. Her work involves visiting a site, usually in a natural setting, and making videos or photographs in response to her findings on location. History, artifacts, architecture at the site inform her investigation, which she then weaves into an open-ended narrative that heightens the experience of place. During the Winter Workspace, Wave Hill will be the set for a video piece filmed on location, inspired by the untold stories of women who lived in estates and their relationship to the gardens surrounding them. She will explore these ideas through a central female character. The narrative will examine our relationship to the natural world, inspired by the contrasts of freedom and claustrophobia, banality and joy that can be experienced in a place of such expanse, peacefulness and beauty.

McCorkle has participated in residencies at Arteles in Finland, Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, and the MacDowell Colony, where she received a Marian Naumburg Fellowship in photography. Her work has been shown in Guadalajara, Mexico, The Berkshire Museum, The National Portrait Gallery in London, the Bronx Museum and Wave Hill in addition to various spaces in New York and San Francisco. She earned an MFA from Hunter College and a BA in photography from San Francisco State University.

Learn more about the artist here.


Summer McCorkle will be present for Drop-In Studio Sundays from 1-3pm on January 29 and February 5. 

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.