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Tina Aufiero

Vantage Point airborne photography digital photo 44” x 44 2010

A visual artist and educator, Aufiero arrived in Seattle in 2007, after living in NYC over twenty-five years. A lover of adventurous outdoors experiences, Aufiero can often be found driving through Skagit Valley, WA equipped with balloons and small cameras, recording images and sounds of migrating birds. Aufiero’s work blend roles of artist, researcher and naturalist. The cycle of her work becomes more apparent over time. A self-proclaimed obsessed swan lover, Aufiero creates projects that often focus on utilizing the swan as the metaphor to create meaning. Imagery and information gathered is then articulated in sculptural objects, mixed media, video works, and photographic pieces.

Themes which recur in Aufiero’s work include repetition; such as with mold making and repetition of sculptural form, the idea of a removal of one’s self, giving up agency and handing it over to process. An example, design and fabricating a wireless video camera for a swan, or preforming an alter ego. Layers of ideas surrounding notions of self, temporality(chance), privileged positions, (such as our privileged position of sight) and otherness - to become something else circulate through her work.
Aufiero has exhibited and lectured internationally. Works are included in the collections of Pilchuck Print Collection, Seattle, WA, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, The Heinneman Collection-Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, Musee des Art Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland, Venini SpA, Italy. Her awards include Fulbright Research Grant-Iceland, Technology Initiative Fund NSU, ATT Foundation, Pollack - Krasner Foundation, Penny McCalls Foundation, PS1-National Institute for Contemporary Art and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Aufiero’s work and teaching span across disciplines, integrating sculpture, craft, design and digital technology. Teaching includes 15 years at Parsons the New School for Design with courses in Design & Technology, Foundation and Product Design. Aufiero’s administrative experience includes Director of the BFA Design & Technology Program for Parsons and Education Director at various non-profits. Committed to developing undergraduate curriculum that embraces the 21st century, Aufiero brings innovation and rigor to the classroom. Other teaching includes University of Washington, Iceland Academy of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, Cooper Union Outreach Program, UrbanGlass-NYC and Pilchuck Glass School, WA. She holds a BFA, Sculpture/Glass- RISD, MFA in Design & Technology, Parsons the New School for Design, with Master Studies at New York University - Feminist Theory/ Performance.
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