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DEPARTMENT OF ART & ART HISTORY

Wendy DesChene

PROFESSOR, STUDIO ART

Once Canadian artist Wendy DesChene graduated from Tyler School of Art, she immediately incorporated materials that would support her activist-inspired works. Weary of the limitations placed on art by institutions, she began to invite audience participation into her installations. Her widely exhibited works have been included in international museums and events including the Drawing Center New York, Marfa Dialogues St. Louis, The Goethe Institute Egypt, The Carnegie Museum Pittsburg, Oulu Museum Finland, and De Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam. Her projects have also garnered grants from the Pulitzer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Canada Council.

For the last seven years,  she has worked with Assistant Professor Jeff Schmuki of Georgia Southern University as a collaborative artist team called PlantBot Genetics. The goal of the duo is to create experiential work that creates conversations and provides education on environmental issues. The work included in this exhibition focuses on the moth as a second shift pollinator by asking the question, "If we lost the bee could moths step in and act as pollinators for our food supply?" This poetic question invites the audience into their backyard to notice and nurture nighttime pollinators, like moths that are under their protection.

PlantBot Genetics - The Moth Project, interactive events focusing on the education of local pollinators, 18' foot off-grid trailer, projections, robotics, sculpture, video, drawing, performance, 2016

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