Mariah Dekkenga lives and works between Doha, Qatar & Randolph, VT. Dekkenga has held solo and two-person exhibitions at SITUATIONS, New York; Aetopolous, Athens Greece; Eli Ping Frances Perkins, New York; Mass Art, Austin TX; and Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Selected group exhibitions include Clifton Benevento, NY; Suzanne Geiss, NY; The Hole, NY; Denny Gallery, NY; Kraftwerk Gallery, Berlin; Takt Kunstprojectraum, Berlin; Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA; and The Fire Station, Doha, Qatar. She graduated from The University of Iowa with an MFA in 2008 where she received the Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship. Her work is held in the collections of QMA Qatar Museums, Doha, Qatar; Aïshti Foundation Collection, Beirut, Lebanon; Chase Bank, The New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, and The United States Embassy in Nogales, Mexico.
For the duration of the residency, Mariah will focus on incorporating her ongoing obsession with regional Balkan textiles and carpet/kilim-making with the formal lexicon of her works of ‘digital screensavers’/painting compositions. Both share foundational formal similarities of units/grid vs. pixels. This exploration, in addition to erasing the boundaries between “low” and “high” art, also explore the language of abstraction that traditional forms such as textiles are firmly rooted in — a system Mariah’s practice has been heavily invested in over the last 15 years.