T. Foley, an interdisciplinary artist, works out of home studios in Los Angeles, CA and Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a BA in English Literature, and studied film/video production and fine art as an independent student. She’s received fellowships from the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and The Pittsburgh Foundation. She’s been awarded residencies by Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Deeplocal, The Banff Centre, Visual Studies Workshop, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
I find joy in making, and through collaboration, performance and play. I draw with my non-dominant hand, embroider as an extension of my drawing practice, and build 2- and 3-D ‘minuments’ from discarded newspapers. I’ve produced an interactive installation in which emoticons talk to people, a public art project in which people make and share their own regionally-based ringtones, and a performance video in which a blow-up doll learns to drive a car. I am compelled to draw others into my process, to facilitate a conversation, and to form connections within communities. To make my work, I use humor, draw upon on my own experiences, and gather source material from the real world.