Artist Interview with Io Palmer

Published: December 28, 2023

Categories: Artist Stories | Artists | Fall Campaign | Featured

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This week we spoke with 2023 Artist Trust Fellowship Award recipient Io Palmer. Through depictions of industrial and domestic objects, Io Palmer’s artworks explore the complex issues of class, capitalism and societal excess. Most recently, Palmer borrows from home décor esthetics as a pivot point to consider issues relating to privilege and boundaries, paying specific attention to how created objects and domestic spaces conceptually represent inclusion, exclusion and access.

Palmer has been featured in several exhibitions including the Dakar-International Arts Biennial, Dakar, Senegal; Working History, Reed College, Portland, OR and Rush Gallery, New York City, NY. Solo exhibitions include York College, CUNY, Jamaica, NY and the Boise Art Museum and the Portland International Airport. Several artist residencies Palmer has participated in include the Santa Fe Art Institute, Ucross Foundation and The Helen Wurlitzer Foundation. Palmer was awarded a Fulbright Nehru Research Grant to India, 2019 and an Artist Trust GAP Grant, 2021. Io holds and MFA from the University of Arizona, Tucson and a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.


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