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 complex issues of class, race and identity, in particular the impact of society on the individual. Trained originally as a ceramicist, Palmer uses a variety of processes and materials including fabric, steel and sound.
Palmer has been featured in several national and international exhibitions including Working History at Reed College in Portland, OR; Hair Follies at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec; Inside Out at the Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD and a solo exhibition at The Art Gym at Marylhurst University in Oregon. She has participated in several artist residencies including the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India; the Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM; Art Channel in Beijing, China and the Ucross Foundation in Clermont Wyoming. Io recently received an Idaho Commission on the Arts Grant (2013).
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 assistant professor at Washington State University, Pullman, WA.
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