Josephine Durkin, Texas Sculpture Group

From Greenville, Texas

Artist Statement: 

My research and studio practice has involved the creation of drawings, videos, sculptures, and large-scale, interactive and kinetic installations. Recent works include large wall drawings, hollow, pigmented, plastic casts of studio residue - such as fabric remnants, bubble wrap, rubber bands and wooden scrap material, as well as sewn, paper collages constructed primarily of torn drawings and photographs of earlier projects. Regardless of format, the making of images, objects and installations feed future projects, as each derives from the production and documentation of previous works.

Artist Biography:

Josephine is an Associate Professor of Art at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where she teaches 3-D Design, Sculpture, Experimental Concepts, and a new course called EAST (Empathy Art Science and Technology) Studio: Wheelcarts for Animals with Mobility Challenges. She developed this interdisciplinary course for the purpose of helping rescued animals with student-designed and built devices, while simultaneously teaching empathy, art and engineering via teamwork and real world, creative problem solving. 

Josephine was a guest speaker and panel member for Texelectronica at the Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth, and has been a Visiting Artist at various institutions including Gallaudet in Washington D.C., Sam Houston State, Wichita State University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of North Texas and UT Dallas. 

She has shown in Austria, Ontario, and extensively in the United States. Solo exhibitions include those at the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita Kansas, Lawndale Art Center in Houston Texas, Dallas Contemporary, Erin Cluley Gallery and The Box Company in Dallas Texas. 

Josephine holds a BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University.  She has also studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. and the Lorenzo de Medici School of Art in Florence, Italy. Her work has been featured in multiple publications including Texas Arts and Culture, Dallas Observer, Dallas Morning News, PaperCity, The Economist, and Luxe. Interiors + Design.