The prestigious MacArthur Fellows Program recently announced the winners of 2003, and sculpture artist Sarah Sze (MFA 1997 Fine Arts) is one of 24 recipients recognized for the originality and creativity of her work. Each winner, selected from a wide variety of fields, is awarded $500,000 with no restrictions or reports required on how the award money is used. Rather, the stipend is an expression of confidence that the recipients know how to make best use of the Fellowship’s resources and the visibility it can bring to advance their distinctive efforts. No one may apply for the awards, nor are any interviews conducted with nominees.
Sze has become known for her intricate works, each of which she constructs by hand and consists of unexpected and carefully arranged combinations of materials, such as plastic plants, candies, packing materials, nails, small desk fans, aluminum ladders and occasional drips of water. She transforms everyday objects into tower-like formations that whimsically challenge the gallery spaces they inhabit.
Sze is currently showing work at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, 44-19 Purves Street. Please visit the web site for details.