Headlands Center for the Arts

May Wilson

california | visual
Affiliate Program 2016—2017
Affiliate Program 2015—2016
Affiliate Program 2014—2015
Graduate Fellowship Program 2013—2014, University of California, Davis

Artist Statement

My work begins as a material exploration, using vinyl, industrial felt, nylon strapping, and concrete as primary materials. The work is also in many ways a process exploration or reinvention. Various traces of the making history remain in the final pieces.

The forms all contain a peculiar clumsy quality; they can be at once domineering characters and naïve objects. The visceral experience of the work in scale and weight can be material limbs relating to our own limbs, we can project onto the forms and empathize with their “becoming”. Often the sculptures are very influenced by the environment they are intended to be in, they are either tethered to or held up by the architecture around them.

While At Headlands

While at Headlands I will continue making sculpture, letting forms and characters develop and morph. I’ll use the architecture in my studio to aid the building and source industrial materials without an identifiable history. The landscape will alter the world I am building through these forms, as will the architecture of my studio. I am looking forward to what impact this context will have in the coming months.

Selected Works

Personal Website

http://www.maycwilson.com/