Io Palmer was born in Hydra- a motor-less Greek island off the coast of the Peleponesse. She grew up amongst the donkeys , the fishes, the clear blue Mediterranean sea and the jazz music her parents listened to.
Through depictions of cleaning products, laborers' garments and various other industrial and domestic forms, Io Palmer's artworks explore the complex issues of class, race and capitalist gestures. Trained originally as a ceramicist, Palmer uses a variety of processes and materials including fabric, steel, sound and wood.
Palmer has been featured in several national and international exhibitions including Dakart-International Arts Biennial, Dakar, Senegal; Working History, Reed College, Portland, OR; Hair Follies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec; Inside Out, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD and a solo exhibition at Deluge Contemporary, Victoria, BC; The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Oregon and forthcoming York College, CUNY, Jamaica, NY. She has participated in several artist residencies including the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India; the Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM; Art Channel, Beijing, China and the Ucross Foundation, Clermont Wyoming. Io recently received an Idaho Commission on the Arts Grant (2014).
She holds a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia , PA and an MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Io is currently an associate professor at Washington State University, Pullman, WA.
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