MFA AP 2017 Artist-in-Residence Rhonda Weppler

The MFA Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts is thrilled to announce our 2017 Artist-in-Residence Rhonda Weppler

Rhonda Weppler has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, both with her solo work and through collaboration with Trevor Mahovsky. Her work focuses primarily on sculpture, and includes traditional techniques, such as bronze casting, and new technologies such as 3D printing, video, and app development. Many of her projects are ephemeral gallery works and interactive installations, but she has also completed several permanent public art projects. See her work here

To introduce her to the MFA AP community, we asked her to complete the AP Questionnaire

What was the last thing you made?
A vegetarian lasagna for dinner with a friend

What was the last thing you read?
I read a haiku poem every day. Here was today's: 
fleas and lice / now a horse pisses / by my pillow
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) 

What was the last exhibition you saw?
"Ashes" by Steve McQueen at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston 

What motivates your practice?
Making something that I imagined come into existence

How has your practice changed?
Over the past five years I have increasingly worked on public art projects, as well as collaborating with communities. 

Who do you most admire?
People that are kind and optimistic despite terrible adversity 

Your favorite artwork made before your lifetime?
Travelers Caught in a Sudden Breeze at Ejiri by Katsushika Hokusai (1848) 

Your favorite artwork made during your lifetime?
A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) by Jeff Wall (1993)