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Lachell Workman MFA ’15

In the summer of 2016, Lachell Workman MFA ’15 (visual arts) was selected for the Shandaken Project residency program at Storm King Art Center. The following summer, she returned as an alumna of the program to engage with visitors about her time there. 

The Shandaken Project supports cultural producers, primarily those who work in an interdisciplinary capacity or affect change in their respective disciplines, with a process-focused residency program on Storm King’s grounds.

As part of Storm King’s Wanderings & Wonderings program, Workman presented an explorative performance entitled “R.I.P. Tees: A Meditation on the Archive of Mourning,” which stemmed from the textile t-shirt works she explored during her residency. Her work considers public and private monuments, street-side memorials, and the RIP t-shirt as a cultural device.

She explains, “This work shows up in my practice as a series of questions: what constitutes a memorial, a public monument and who, specifically, are the people and events that matter enough to be publicly memorialized?”

Workman also had work featured in Where We Land, a three-person show on view at the Union for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE;  in a group exhibition THREE: On Visibility and Camouflage, Works from Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter at We Buy Gold Gallery in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn; in the exhibition Material Witness Witness Material at the Knockdown Center in Queens; and in In Practice: Another Echo at SculptureCenter in Queens.

She’s completed several residencies, including:

  • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2015)
  • Lighthouse Works Fellow (2016)
  • Ox-Bow School of Art (2016)
  • Vermont Studio Center (2016)
  • Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency (2017)
  • Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop SIP Fellowship (2017)