S.M. earned a master’s degree in Environmental Art at the University of Art & Design Helsinki (now Aalto University) in 2008. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and has been awarded over a dozen artist residencies throughout the United States, including Anderson Ranch Arts Center and McColl Center for Visual Art. Born in San Francisco and raised in a nondescript Philadelphia suburb, she currently lives and works in Houston.
S.M.’s work alters and re-contextualizes common objects and environments, giving form to issues raised by the promises of progress. The resultant sculptural installations rely on recognizable structures in uncommon renderings, employing available materials to highlight different perspectives on themes like fabrication, resourcefulness, and development. By using ordinary materials, the work creates dialogues between mass production and the art object as well as global and domestic economies, offering an at times uneasy commentary on the human capacity to create – as well as endanger – our surroundings.