|"Things Fall Apart" 2001 San Fransisco MoMA|
On each piece of puzzle she creates these micro worlds out of everyday objects including common objects such as sliced up foam and assortments of pipet's. This fits with her general theme of growth in a very cellular and fragile fashion. Tied directly into the idea of temporary ecosystems that can both evolve and fade from a single act. Her work, often inspired by temporary landscapes and takes the transient everyday object and arranges them in a some what compulsive manner. Comparing the grander transient temporary ecosystem earth, to the micro ephemeral landscapes that can evolve at the base of a Icy mountains that reach record temperatures creating a pool of life for only months at a time.
|"Tilting Planet" 2006 Malmo Konsthall, Sweden|
The installations are always site specific and seem more like a reaction to the alloted space and less about the ease for the viewer. To truly experience Sze's work you have to develop an interest in the minute to discover its intricacies and only then can you step back to appreciate the whole. Often executed through meticulous arrangements of the everyday mundane, and typically giving them a breeding or thriving quality. Shes challenging the viewer to step closer and closer, but the delicate materials and overall fragility of her work can shy (clumsy) one(s) away.
The tender placement of the objects makes them appear to have been placed through the almost complete randomness of nature or natural chaos. The objects used are sometimes handmade and tease the viewers assumptions of them by using opposing materials. Such as hammer made of plaster, presenting opposition to the very idea of a hammer.
In 1991 she graduated from Yale Summa Cum Laude. She then received a MFA in 1997from the School of Visual Art in New York. She was also awarded the MacArthur Fellow better known as the “Genius Grant” in 2003, Along with the Lotos Club Foundation Prize in the Arts that same year. Through the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation she took a residency for a whole year in a Space Program studio. Currently she is a professor in the Columbia University Visual Arts Program.
Sze Mainly displays out of the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York as well as the Victoria Miro Gallery in London. But Sze has traveled and exhibited in many countries all over the world; from Greece and France to Brazil and Japan.