Dana Hemenway USA, b. 1982

Artist Statement

My practice is rooted in the excavation and elevation of utilitarian objects to make visible what has become habituated in our built environments. This stems from an ongoing exploration into the relationship between an item’s value and the environment in which it is presented.


I use these functional items as materials to form traditionally fiber-based crafts–– lights and cords are woven through ceramics or the gallery wall. In other works, extension cords are transformed into make macramé chains. These objects have become animate as I collaborate with dancers, sound artists, and writers to give, otherwise silent and still, objects a chance to move and make sounds.