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Trish Tillman

New York

Artist Statement

Trish Tillman is a NYC artist who creates provocative altars that contain references to family dynamics, sexuality, gender inequality, and imbalances of power. She summons an adolescent attitude by using the comforting artifacts of home and the sensuous materials of subculture. By meticulously upholstering emblematic shapes with horsehair, chain, studs or glass, she transforms the idea of rebellion into high-end fetish, exposing the vulnerabilities and strengths within her subjects.

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Trish Tillman's Portfolio

Trish Tillman, Southern Exposure Hand-printed vinyl, vegan leather, chain, zipper, hardware, upholstery tacks, wood, foam 60
Trish Tillman, Power Pose Hand-printed and embroidered vinyl, vegan leather, hardware, wood, foam 48” x 36” x 2” 2019
Trish Tillman, On Liberty Embroidered and tufted vinyl, metal studs, wood, foam 62
Trish Tillman, Moored--Shift Colors Vinyl, vegan leather, chain, hardware, plaster, acrylic, wood, foam 64
Trish Tillman, Liberated Notions Wood, wood stain, fabric, foam, zipper, hardware, ceramic figures, cacti Dimensions variable 2019
Trish Tillman, Learning the Ropes Wood, wood stain, fabric, foam, zipper, webbing, drawer handle, hardware 30” x 30” x 17” 2019
Trish Tillman, First Mate Hand-printed vegan leather, vinyl, chain, hardware, wood, foam 39.5
Trish Tillman, Double Down Vinyl, hardware, tassels, wood, foam 63” x 40” x 2” 2018
Trish Tillman, Captain’s Lounge Hand-printed and upholstery fabric, hand-me-down towels, hardware, rope, tassels, hardware, foam 140” x 68” x 6” 2018
Trish Tillman, Beach Babe Boardwalk Hand-printed and embroidered vinyl, upholstery tacks, metal studs, wood, foam 56” x 48” x 2” 2019

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Artist Biography

Tillman received her MFA from School of Visual Arts and a BFA from James Madison University, with studies at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She has had solo exhibitions at Asya Geisberg Gallery in NYC, The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA, and Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC, among others. Her work has been in group exhibitions including Hilde, LA; JONALDDUDD, NY; Regina Rex, NY; Present Company, NY; Real Tinsel, WI; Cydonia Gallery, TX; Emerson Dorsch, FL; TSAPhilly, PA and Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, RJ, India. She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation 2009 MFA Grant, a 2015 Fountainhead Residency in Miami, FL, the Jaipur Kala Chaupal 2017 Residency in Jaipur, India, and the VisArts + Quirk Gallery Residency in 2018. Her work has been reviewed in ARTFORUM, ArtFCity, Sculpture Magazine, Artsy Magazine, Art Observed, The Observer, and The New Indian Express. Tillman is also an educator and has been a professor and lecturer at Monmouth University, George Washington University, Rutgers University and the University of Maryland. She has been on panel discussions through the Alliance of Artists Communities, ArtTable, Moore College of Art and Design, Buffalo State College, and was a juror for the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in 2017.



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