Visiting Artists & Scholars Speaker Series will be held once per month on the Third Thursday of the month at 4:30pm during the 2023-2024 Academic Year.
Selva Aparicio is an interdisciplinary artist exploring ideas of memory, intimacy, and the temporality of life through installations that celebrate the cyclicity of the natural world. Working with natureís ephemera, including cicada wings, oyster shells, and human cadavers, her praxis is an extended death ritual which foregrounds a unique reverence for the discarded. Capturing the meanings imbued in these materials and the rituals informing their significance and sentimentality enables both the facilitation of environmental, social, and political activism through art and the creation of outlets for the public navigation of grief and mourning in a world so defined by loss.
Born and raised in the woods just outside of Barcelona, Spain, she found solace in nature from a young age and cultivated a profound interest in the ephemeral, as inspired by the natural world around her. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 and her MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 2017. Aparicioís work has been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago; Yale Center for British Art; Can Mario Museum, Spain; CRUSH Curatorial, New York; The Kyoto International Craft Center, Japan; Instituto Cervantes, New York; and the Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona. She was awarded the JUNCTURE Fellowship in Art and International Human Rights in 2016, the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize in 2017, and received a MAKER Grant from the Chicago Artist Coalition in 2020.She was also name done of the 2020 breakout artists in Chicago by NewCity Art, made the Short List for the 2021 Foundwork Artist Prize, and received the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation Artadia Award in 2022. Her sculpture Auto-da-FÈ, exhibited at EXPO Chicago2023, was donated to the DePaul Art Museum with funds from the Inaugural Barbara Nessim Acquisition Prize. Sheís currently working on two outdoor permanent sculptures for both the Belgium Beaufort 2024 Triennale and the Heraclea Archeological Park in Italy.
Visiting Artists& Scholars: SDS Randall Chair in conjunction with Sculpture Faculty Exhibition at Fosdick-Nelson Gallery