Gina Siepel began her life on a farm in a rural community in the rust-belt region of Western New York. Her interdisciplinary, craft-informed practice engages the deeply personal, political, and sometimes absurd complexity of how her cultural background meets her gender-non-conforming Queer self in the 21st century. She will discuss her recent work, which encompasses sculpture, installation, performance, video, and woodworking, and is inspired by research into U.S. cultural ideologies of self-determination, labor, and craft.
Gina Siepel is based in western Massachusetts, and has exhibited extensively in the northeastern US, including at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Colby College Museum of Art, Vox Populi Gallery, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and Flux Factory. Gina has been awarded residencies at Skowhegan, Sculpture Space, Mildred’s Lane, Hewnoaks Artist Colony, and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Gina holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase, an MFA from the Maine College of Art, and currently teaches at Mount Holyoke College.
Image: Cycle of Self-Determination, Gina Siepel, 2018; sculpture/performance, 7.5 x 3 x 7 feet. Photograph by Sara Smith.