Martha Wilson (US)
I have become my own worst fear / Deformation
Born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA, she attended graduate school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before moving to New York in 1974 where she lives today. During 1976 she founded and remains director of the Franklin Furnace Archive; she collaborated with other women to form the group, DISBAND, in 1978; and has impersonated First (and Second) Ladies of the United States since 1980.
Wilson’s work is significant in determining the way in which we understand and experience feminist and socially engaged art practices. Spanning forty years, her career is not only made distinctive by works that explore female identity and subjectivity. Her work brings together a video from the seventies and a recent photograph, in a rude awakening to time passing by.