About the Artist

FEI DISBROW

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

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

 

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 anthropomorphic, abstracted residue that implies a corporeal presence. As an interminable maker, I tend to latch onto a medium as I develop a series of works. I slice fabric and paper to form collages; I carefully stitch together textiles to create compositions and objects; I form arterial connections with yarn and felt; and I manipulate photographs to edge them towards the uncanny. Addition and subtraction are a constant in my practice; nothing is made without the removal of something else. I am interested in the exploration of the in-between: the interspace. I create compositions that suggest possible of states of being, a before and after the one presented. Mindful of the conscious and the subconscious, I am both altering landscapes and creating mindscapes. The work resides in the familiar gone astray: remnants and traces.

— FEI DISBROW