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Annette Rusin

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I am a sculptor currently located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Having a background in architecture, I focus on idiosyncratic notions of building and construction while working at a playful, post-card sized scale. The Wall Unit Series (2012-present) is an ongoing series of miniatures constructed out of commonly found building materials to which I add a feminine touch. I sew drywall, carve it with a dremel, and attach various pieces of hardware, personal ephemera, and other nonsensical items to create tiny archeological worlds of wonder. The small scale is intended to create intimacy and draw the eye inward toward the hidden layers. I seek my inspiration in the body, domestic experience, and humorous obstacles that crop up in daily life like weeds in a garden.

I received my MFA in Painting from Hunter College and Bachelor in Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. My work has been shown at NURTUREart, Boston Center for the Arts, Morehead State University, Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University Newark, Bronx Arts Space, Trestle Gallery and John Michael Kohler Arts Center. I was awarded residencies at MacDowell, Millay and am an Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts grant recipient. I am the Founder/Director of Maxwell Outpost, an artist residency in the Catskills and teach in the International ESL Studio Program at SVA.

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