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Jill Sigman
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick

Media:Mixed Media;


ARTIST STATEMENT: I work with things society casts off such as “garbage” and “weeds” to help us re-see our environments, re-consider questions of value, and invent new ways of healing. I was trained as a choreographer and I see my visual work as choreographing with materials. I have built huts out of trash in places such as a community center in Greenpoint, The Ringling Museum of Art in Florida and a fjord in the Norwegian Arctic, and have performed, served tea, and held community dialogues in them. In recent work I have been interested in the spontaneous urban plants we call “weeds” and what they have to tell us about ourselves. I grew up in south Brooklyn with abundant weeds growing out of the sidewalk and in abandoned lots. These plants are currently dismissed, de-valued and rooted out, yet many have been used and respected in other times and places for their high nutritional, medicinal, or spiritual value. They reveal much about our human histories of trade, conquest, and colonialism, and point the way toward the needs of our changing climate. I consider these works “seedbanks” and only partly control the plants that grow in them, as they have their own wills and wisdom.
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  • Wig Hut
    2016

  • Wig Hut (detail)
    2016

  • Truth Wagon
    2016

  • Truth Wagon
    2016

  • Frozen
    2016

  • Frozen (detail)
    2016

  • Hippo Grotto
    2016

  • Hippo Grotto (detail)
    2016

  • Hippo Grotto (detail)
    2016

  • The Value of an Education
    2016

  • Funeral
    2015

  • Weed Heart
    2016

  • Stretcher
    2016

  • Futility
    2016

  • Weed Heart 2
    2016

  • Weed Organs
    2016

  • Stretcher 2
    2016
 








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