In "How to Make a Body," Poppy DeltaDawn takes a deep dive into the tutorial and the humble sample. While introducing her audience to her most recent work and research, the artist will exhibit overlooked instructional media that evolves with our evolving technology: the printed tutorial book, the Youtube video, social media video clips and memes, and other tools.
DeltaDawn considers the expansive possibility of the metadata and the autobiographical content that the instructions contain while considering ways of manipulating and transforming her own pliable body.
Made possible by the generous support of the William Bronson and Grayce Slovett Mitchell Lectureship in Fiber and Material Studies.
Poppy DeltaDawn is an artist and curator making work about how we perceive the world through disseminating information like diagrams and tutorials. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, both in Fiber. DeltaDawn has held residencies and fellowships at Caldera Arts, Offshore Residency, the Studios at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, ACRE Residency, and Wassaic Project, among others, and has participated in workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. Her most recent projects have included a solo exhibition at H Space Gallery (Cleveland, OH) and a Media Arts Fellowship at BRIC Arts Media (Brooklyn, NY), as well as exhibitions at The Heidelberg Project (Detroit, MI), Hatch Art (Hamtramck, MI), Zürcher Gallery (New York City), and The Yard (New York City). Poppy DeltaDawn is a Full Time Visiting Artist in Fiber & Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.