Why do I move through my environment in isolation when it is so obviously alive, breathing and reaching out to touch me? When there seem to be such intense opportunities for exchange and interpenetration? I walk down the sidewalk and find the branch of a tree gingerly grazing my cheek. A lamppost runs its light over my skin. What happens if I return the caress?
Envirotouchers are artists Tracy Featherstone and Krista Connerly's response to these questions. A series of prototypes for a more connected world, they seek to replace rationality with sensuality and isolation with relationship. We often get stuck in a relationship-rut with our environment, wearing down the same path to work and back or ignoring the (arguably) tender call of a car-alarm. Envirotouchers offers a simple and playful solution to this by allowing us re-imagine our selves and our relationship to our built and natural environment. Through this series of actions and wearable sculptures individuals can experiment with and ultimately create new and individualized environmental connections.
Becoming-Cloud is an inflatable sculpture that enables an individual to experience the levitation, contemplation, and other qualities of cloud-ness.
born: 1975, Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Arizona, MFA, 2002
University of Cincinnati, BFA, 1997
SFA Scholarship and Teaching Grant, Miami University, 20007-2012
MUDEC Summer Research Grant, Miami University Luxembourg Campus, 2009
Award for Individual Creative Excellence, Ohio Arts Council, 2006
Women's Caucus for Art, 2012 National Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA, WCA, p 47-48, 2012
selected solo or two-person exhibits
621 Gallery: Envirotouchers, Tallahassee, FL, 2012
St Edwards University Gallery: Do You Know the Shape of Desire?, Austin, TX, 2012
Washington & Jefferson College, Olin Art Gallery: THWACK POW!, Washington, PA, 2010
Woman Made Gallery: Dig In Float Up, Chicago, IL, 2009
selected group shows
Pen Club Gallery: 9x12 Budapest Exhibition, Budapest, Hungary, 2012
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts: Contraption, Wilmington DE, 2012
Weston Art Gallery: House in My Head, Cincinnati, OH, 2010
Wexner Center for the Arts: State Fare, Columbus, OH, 2007