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Trish Tillman

Studio Building
Studio Interior
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Studio Location
Gift and Guilt, 2009
Holiday Inn, 2009
Saturday Night Hope Chest, 2009
Out of Season, 2009
Exotic Décor, 2009
Artist's Statement

My work stems from the ethics of hospitality—the relationship between a host and a guest. Hospitality objects such as toiletries, disposable tableware, and objects of celebration clutter our homes. These remnants of daily living eventually amass and structure themselves, becoming a part of our home décor. In response to this phenomenon, I selectively hide and expose objects that are associated with a system of home structure as they apply to ways we both hide and expose our true selves while interacting with our friends, family, and guests. By using discardable materials (paper cups, wrapping paper, decorations) I reveal the temporal and precarious foundation of how we give, a gesture that lies somewhere between desire and guilt. I am influenced by what drives our need to acquire in order to confront the way we receive, drawing connections between our broader systems of value with our own need for acceptance.


MFA School of Visual Arts 2009

Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant 2009
David Rhodes President’s Award 2009
SVA Alumni Scholarship 2009
SVA MFA Graduate Department Scholarship 2008
Russ Griffith Memorial Scholarship 2008

Diamonds in the Crow’s Nest, Parlour No. 15, New York, NY, 2010
Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Exhibition, Cue Foundation, 2010

Monofonus Video Collection No.1, El Cosmico, Marfa, TX, 2009
Le Roman Du Lievre: Marginalia, MTS Gallery, Anchorage, AK, 2009
Wild Flowers, Parlour No. 8, New York, NY, 2009
New Currency, 55 Delancey, New York, NY, 2009