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In the studio
Nafis White | sophomore
"I came to RISD thinking that I'd like to study across a variety of disciplines, but I mostly just thought of it as a way to take a break from what I was doing architecturally. Instead, this way of thinking and working actually changed how I think of and approach my work. I quickly found that there's this enormous hunger at RISD for interdisciplinary work that makes it easy for people to come together and collaborate. I had no idea how much that would influence my own way of thinking."
Lisi Raskin | department head
“Sculpture faculty represent myriad viewpoints and approaches to interdisciplinary making. Our philosophy is to teach from our strengths while learning from each other and our students. We acknowledge that we have a lot to teach and we welcome the challenge of keeping our perspectives, approaches and knowledge bases current, expansive and open so that we can best serve our students, regardless of their background and interests.”
Alumni at work
Best known for his exuberant, large-scale knit and sewn sculpture, Miami-based artist Jim Drain also draws, paints and makes installations using colorful, quirky found and recycled objects. The former member of Forcefield – the influential art collective known for blending music, performance, film and installations – recently collaborated with RISD students to develop a site-specific piece for the new US Embassy compound in Rabat, Morocco.
Throughout her 30-year career, Kristin Jones has explored concepts of space and time through public art projects that reach audiences throughout the world. In Metronome (produced with creative partner Andrew Ginzel), for instance, an undulating brick wall with a "steam clock" and LED display towers above Union Square in NYC. "A fundamental sense of wonder at the mystery of the world motivates me to construct contemplative work aimed at magnifying the sense of place and the present," Jones says.
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