• May
  • 7
  • 2017

Samantha Russell / 2017 Thesis Candidate

Samantha Russell sculpts figural fragments that convey her emotional responses to societal inequities and injustices.  Favoring hand-based processes and traditional tools, rather than employing digital interventions, Russell creates figurative sculptures that convey her socio-political themes coded through her race/gender/class inclusive feminism. Russell endeavors to bridge the gap between the art world and the working class, much like her upbringing as the daughter of an artist and a mechanic. In doing so, Russell hopes to begin conversations that inspire understanding and change.

Russell’s current body of work uses fragmented hands and other body parts to elicit emotion responses to the reality of loss and resistance. Her work is meant as a communicative tool to resist abuses of power.


Be sure to join us on Friday, May 12th from 6-9pm at the MFA Graduate Studios to enjoy Samantha‘s thesis work, along with the other 2017 graduates!

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For more information: visit Samantha Russell online.

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