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 L.A., Los Angeles, CA; Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA; CYDONIA, Fort Worth, TX; Real Tinsel, Milwaukee, WI; Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY; Present Company, New York, NY; Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY; Regina Rex, New York, NY; Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL; Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC; and Elephant Art Space, Los Angeles, CA; among others. Press includes Artforum, The Washington Post, Cultured Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, The Observer, Art F City, Art Spiel, and R Home Magazine. Residencies include the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA; Kala Chaupal Festival at Diggi Palace, Jaipur, India; and the Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL.