I am a multi-disciplinary artist, currently based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and am a 2nd year fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. I am a hunter and gatherer. Many of my works begin with collections of seeds, petals, berries, or with common household refuse. Each of these objects is embedded with history and possibility. I am interested in the complicated relationship between humans and the natural world which is at times intimate and other times devastating. I am drawn to materials that hold stories from their familiar sources. My intricate constellations from these materials culminate in drawings, sculptures and site-specific installations. I study the materials until my hands develop a means to respond to them and a conversation ensues. With intense focus and repetition I participate in a meditative act, perhaps similar to domestic arts of crochet, embroidery and weaving. I am interested in how simple yet meticulous processes evoke labor and imbue my works with a sense of passing time.
Rena's ArtPrize Entries
These are Rena's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.