Brooklyn-based Alta Buden is concerned with humankind's relationship to our environment. Recently, in 2017, she has created site-specific works on beaches and riverbanks, using the rich landscape of rocks and other natural forms as visual inspiration. Each work becomes a vessel for the biological and geological forms that occupy these places. In this way, she “records” the environment by capturing memories, data, and history present in the ever-shifting and evolving landscape. Buden's exploration of the environment draws on her studies of evolutionary biology, her childhood experiences with New Age mysticism, and the time she spent working with scientists at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
Buden has exhibited her work in New York and Chicago, and has been shown at the Smart Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, both in Illinois. Buden received a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship in 2013. She has degrees in Visual Arts as well as History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Chicago. Buden is currently working toward her MFA at Hunter College and is a member of Regina Rex and Harbour, an artist-run gallery on the Lower East Side in New York.
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