Trish Tillman juxtaposes diverse materials to evoke domestic ritual, fetish, and a modern tendency towards private totemic monuments. Industrial components fused with uncanny decorative elements like hair, leather, rope and chains become unsettling talismans, transcending function to reflect material fetishism and idiosyncratic cultural references. Fabrics and cheap jewelry gain gravitas through minimal elegant compositions, while plumbing fixtures or bicycle racks are rendered unrecognizable. Tillman's sly echo of Minimalist sculptures mixes with Pop material and a Postmodern rejection of strict binaries of high/low, made/bought, and transformed/unadulterated.
Trish Tillman was born in Chicago and lives and works in New York. She received an MFA from School of Visual Arts and a BFA from James Madison University. Tillman has had exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA, Hilde, CA, TSA Philadelphia, PA, CYDONIA, TX; Real Tinsel, WI, Fireside Projects, NY, Present Company, NY, Cindy Rucker Gallery, NY, Regina Rex, NY, Emerson Dorsch, FL, Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC, and Elephant Art Space, CA, among others. Press includes Artforum, The Observer, Art F City, Art Spiel, and R Home Magazine. She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation 2009 MFA Grant, and residencies at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA, Kala Chaupal Festival, Diggi Palace, Jaipur, India, and the Fountainhead Residency, FL.