Faith Wilding: born in Colonia Primavera, Paraguay,1943; emigrated to the US in 1961. Wilding is an intermedia artist, writer, and educator. BA (Honors, Comparative Literature), University of Iowa, Iowa City (1968); MFA (Performance/Installation/Feminist Art), California Institute of the Arts (1973). Wilding is Professor Emerita of Performance Art/Critical Studies at SAIC (2002-2011). Visiting Scholar, Pembroke Center, Brown University, Providence, RI (2011-2016); Graduate Faculty MFA-V, VCFA (1992-present). Co-initiator of the feminist art movement in Southern California, chronicled in her book By Our Own Hands (Double X, Los Angeles,1976); author of many essays on feminist art and art history including in The Power of Feminist Art, (Abrams,1995).
Wilding's work addresses the recombinant and distributed bio-tech body in 2D media, audio, video, digital media, installations, and performances. Wilding’s retrospective “Fearful Symmetries” (Threewalls, Chicago, 2014, Pasadena Armory, (2015). Exhibitions: Fiber: Sculpture; WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution; Sexual Politics, and Division of Labor: Women’s Work in Contemporary Art and re-Act Feminism, Berlin.
Wilding co-founded and collaborates with subRosa, a cyberfeminist cell of cultural producers using Bio-Art and tactical feminist performance in the public sphere to explore and critique the intersections of information and biotechnologies in women's bodies, lives, and work. Publications include: Domain Errors! Cyberfeminist Practices! (Autonomedia, 2003); and numerous artist books, map works.
Awards & Grants: Art Matters (2015) WCA Life-time Achievement Award (2014), Guggenheim Fellow (2009); Creative Capital grant (with subRosa) (2003-05); NEA artist fellowships (1987, 1989, 1998).
Image: Godot's Tree - Dream of Eating Leaves (1988)