About the Artist

Fei Disbrow

 

Fei Disbrow has been in numerous solo and juried shows thro

ughout

the US and Canada. She earned her MFA in Sculpture from

Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. While living in Portland,

OR,

Fei

was awarded a public art grant from RACC, and a residency

with the Intermedia Department at PNCA. In Toronto, she w

as

awarded the MST Bronze Award at the Emerging Sculptors

Exhibition, at the Canadian Sculpture Centre, and was granted

a

term in the Guest Renter Program at Open Studios. In 2015, Fei

was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre of the A

rts. She

currently is a Board member at Access Gallery. Her work resides

in the Portland Art Museum print collection, in addition to

being part

of both corporate and private collections.

Fei Disbrow has been exhibited in numerous solo and juried shows throughout the United States and Canada. She earned her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. While living in Portland, Oregon, Fei was awarded a public art grant from RACC, and a residency with the Intermedia Department at PNCA. In Toronto, she was awarded the MST Bronze Award for the Emerging Sculptors Exhibition at the Canadian Sculpture Centre and was granted a term in the Guest Renter Program at Open Studios. In 2015, Fei was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre of the Arts. She currently serves as a board member at Access Gallery. Her work resides in the Portland Art Museum print collection, in addition to being part of both corporate and private collections.

Artist Statement

Fei Disbrow  |  Coherent Blues  |  mixed media  |  23" x 30"  |  2017

 

My interdisciplinary practice is rooted in process. Though formally aware, my work is developed in a process-driven manner, using additive and subtractive methods.  Mutation is key to both my process methodology and my conceptual framework. I select familiar materials (Tyvek, paper, fabric, thread, grommets) and techniques (screen print, collage, sewing), and adapt and modify them in my practice. In my image-based work, I find literal images and forms, to alter and adapt into organic and lyrical shapes.  Involved in that manipulation is the deliberate use of the void and establishment of negative space. The resulting voids operate as anthropomorphized, abstracted residue that implies a corporeal presence. As my work progresses, I use elements from one series and mutate them further in the next series, cropping, adding, shifting scale, sewing, etc. As mutations, they have undergone basic, and sometimes significant alterations. Each compositional mass floats in negative space, as a notion might hover around in one’s mind. They are akin to thought bubbles in waiting, ready to be contemplated. Viewers are invited to circumnavigate the flat and multi-dimensional aspects of these compositions, and impose their own narratives onto the work.  

Conceptually, I am interested in connecting altered notions of the body to the space(s) in which it exists. Whether is it through the development of familiar, dissected corporeal forms, or through the use of materials that evoke the body, I attempt to evoke notions of the body and its component parts, rather than depict it. It is the essence of something abstracted yet somehow familiar that is compelling. My work lives in the realm of the familiar gone astray: it challenges one’s sense of self by rooting around in the cellars of our minds, sparking points of connection, illuminating our curiosity.

— FEI DISBROW